#18 Baseball Drops Both Ends of Doubleheader With Barry
FORT MYERS, Fla., - The FGCU baseball dropped both ends of a doubleheader with visiting Barry on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles dropped game one 8-3 and the second 3-2. Barry improves to 18-19 while FGCU falls to 23-11.
In game one, the Bucs got on the board first with a pair of runs in the second. Andrew Frezza started the inning with a leadoff double. Carlos Gomez, the next batter, also doubled and scored Frezza. Gomez scored later in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Mario Martinez. FGCU answered in their half of the second as Derek Mollica (Boca Raton, Fla.) led off with a single. Vinnie Scarduzio (Jupiter, Fla.) doubled to bring home Mollica and scored on a single by Graig Smith (Boca Raton, Fla.).
Barry opened up 5-2 lead in the fifth inning. After surrendering a leadoff single to Nick Shaw, FGCU starter Casey Coleman (Cape Coral, Fla.) retired the next two batters. A pair of walks and a hit batter scored a run and allowed Gomez to single and drive in two more runners. The Bucs scored again in the seventh as Gabriel Casanova homered to give Barry a 6-3 lead. The Eagles got that run back in the bottom of the seventh on a double by Josh Upchurch (Cape Coral, Fla.) that scored Chris Alessandria (Jacksonville, Fla.). Barry answered with two more in the top of the eighth, taking an 8-3 lead.
FGCU made it interesting, loading the bases with one out in the eighth. The Bucs were able to work out of that jam with a double play. They were not so fortunate in the ninth. The Eagles attempted a rally with a two-out single by Stephen Rassell (Lake City, Fla). After a pair of walks and a wild pitch, the Eagles cut the lead to 8-4. Mollica reached on an error that allowed a pair of runs to score, making the score 8-6. Barry was able to get out of the inning with no further damage, snapping an eight game losing streak.
Coleman picked up the loss for the Eagles after going 6.0 innings and striking out nine batters. Ray Rhoads picked up the win for the Bucs, tossing 8.0 innings while allowing three runs. Upchurch, Mollica and Scarduzio recorded two hits each for the Eagles.
In the second game, Barry scored in the third to take a 1-0 lead. Coleman tied up the score with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the frame, his first of the year. Upchurch singled and two batters, Scarduzio gave the Eagles a 2-1 lead with a single to score Upchurch. The Bucs knotted the score in the sixth on a sac fly by Casanova. Frezza doubled to lead off the seventh. Following a walk and hit batter, Nick Shaw singled to bring home Frezza, the go-ahead run. The Eagles were able to get a pair of runners on in the seventh, but were unable to extend the game, falling 3-2.
Luis Pardo (Miami) received the loss for the Eagles, falling to 4-2 on the year. He went 6.0 innings and allowed three runs, all earned in the contest. Bobby Hernandez went the distance for Barry, improving to 1-1 on the season.
The Eagles will be back in action again against the Bucs on Tuesday night in Miami Shores, Fla. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 pm.