FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Florida Gulf Coast University baseball team won its season opener in convincing fashion on Friday night by a score of 11-1 over Southeastern University. Timely hitting and a strong pitching performance by four Eagle pitchers led to the blowout victory. With the win the Eagles are 1-0 to start the season while the Fire falls to 6-7.
The Eagles got to work early in the bottom of the first inning with a two run homerun to dead center field by freshman Tim Roberson (West Palm Beach, Fla.). Then, just two pitches later senior Jason Peacock (Bartow, Fla.) hit a solo shot that sailed well over the left field fence. The Eagles would score four runs in the inning, all with two outs.
Junior Richard Bleier (Davie, Fla.) started on the mound for the Eagles going six strong innings while surrendering only one run on seven hits while striking out seven. The FGCU bullpen kept the Fire out of the game surrendering only one hit while striking out four over the final three frames.
Freshman shortstop Stephen Wickens (Whitby, Ontario) shinned in his collegiate debut going 4-5 with four runs batted in, while playing a solid defensive game at short. Senior outfielder Ozzie Borrell (Hialeah, Fla.) went 2-5 including a towering home run to right field.
The Eagles get right back in action tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 P.M. when they battle Southeastern in the first game of a double header. Junior Casey Coleman (Cape Coral, Fla.) is scheduled to pitch the early game, while junior Shane Effertz (Albuquerque, N.M.) gets the start in the second game.