Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Tars
WINTER PARK, Fla. – #16 Florida Gulf Coast split doubleheader with Rollins at Alfond Stadium on Sunday. The Eagles took game one 9-3, and dropped game two 5-6 in extra innings.
Rollins jumped out to a two-run lead early in Game One, but the Eagles scored one in the fourth on a throwing error by the Tars pitcher Jon Wano. The Eagles then exploded in the sixth to score six more runs to break the game wide open. After three walks, Junior Ozzie Borrell (Hialeah, Fla.), Senior Derek Mollica (Boca Raton, Fla.), Junior Stephen Rassel (Lake City, Fla.), and Freshman Chris Alessandria (Jacksonville, Fla.) all had singles to give the Eagles a six run lead after six innings of play. The Eagles added two more insurance runs in the eighth to seal the deal, as the Eagles took game one 9-3.
Sophomore Derek Shaw (New Port Richey, Fla.) improved his record to 2-0 after allowing only two hits, no runs, and two strikeouts. Freshmen Pete Woodworth (St.Petersburg, Fla.) received his first save of the year after striking out eight, with one earned run, with four innings pitched. Rollins starter Jon Wano (3-1) received the loss after allowing seven runs, six earned, on six hits and six walks in five and one third innings.
Two Eagles had multiple hit games, Shortstop Junior Stephen Rassel (2-4, two runs, one RBI), and leftfielder Chris Alessandria (3-5, double, one run, one RBI).
The Eagles scored early in Game Two, scoring one off Rollins in the top of the first, but the Tars came back for two in the bottom of the inning and one more in the third. The Eagles remained silent until the top of the seventh, when they rallied back and scored four runs to take a two-run lead. That lead vanished in the bottom of the seventh when the Tars evened the score at five, pushing the game into extra innings. The score remained tied at five until the bottom of the seventh when the Tars scored on a single to through the right side by Mike Crane.
FGCU reliever J.J. Crumbley (3-1) was received his first loss of the season after giving up one run without recording an out in the ninth. Tars starter Marc Hewett pitched six innings, allowing three runs, one earned, while striking out six and walking seven. Sophomore reliever Michael Eppich (3-1) picked up the win out of the bullpen, allowing two unearned runs in three innings of work.
Third baseman Ozzie Borrell and right fielder Vinnie Scarduzio led the Eagles in Game Two. Borrell went 3-4 with one run scored and Scarduzio went 2-4 with two doubles, one run, and two RBI.
The Eagles will return to Alfond Stadium in Winter Park, Fla. on Monday, March 5 at 3:00 pm to face Rollins for the third and final game of the series.