FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Florida Gulf Coast University baseball team continued its hot start by sweeping a double header from the Fire of Southeastern University. The Eagles won game one by a score of 8-1 and game two by a score of 18-1. With the pair of victories FGCU is now 3-0, while the Fire falls to 6-9.
In game one the Eagles got a solid pitching performance from junior Casey Coleman (Cape Coral, Fla.). Coleman threw six strong innings allowing only one run on four hits while striking out eight. Sophomore Pete Woodworth (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and freshman Tim Kiley (Palm Harbor, Fla.) combined to go the final three frames not allowing a hit while striking out four.
Offensively the Eagles would score seven of their eight runs via the home run. Seniors Ozzie Borrell (Hialeah, Fla.), Jason Peacock (Bartow, Fla.), and Vinnie Scarduzio (Jupiter, Fla.) each had a home run and two RBI, while freshman Mikel Alvarz (West Palm Beach, Fla.) hit a solo shot.
The Eagles scored early and often in game two, as they would put up 12 runs in the first two frames. FGCU registered 21 hits en route to the 18-1 blowout victory. Junior outfielder Josh Upchurch (Cape Coral, Fla.) went 4-5 with three RBI’s, while senior catcher Graig Smith (Venice, Fla.) was 2-3 with a pair of RBI to lead the charge offensively. Freshman Tim Roberson (West Palm Beach, Fla.) chipped in a 2-5 effort with three RBI, while Scarduzio was 3-4 with two RBI.
Freshman Richie Erath (Lake Worth, Fla.) pitched strong in his collegiate debut going four solid innings allowing just three hits while striking out four. Seven other eagles combined to pitch the final five frames, allowing only a hit and one run.
The FGCU baseball team will be back in action this Wednesday when they travel to Florida International to battle the Golden Panthers. The Eagles will be back at home March 1st for a double header as they face their first A-Sun opponent, North Florida. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 P.M.