TAMPA, Fla. - The Florida Gulf Coast University baseball team is off to its best start in school history after an impressive 5-4 victory over the University South Florida. With a record of 7-1 (2-1 A-Sun) the Eagles have key wins over North Florida and South Florida. With the loss, South Florida falls to 3-4 on the season.
After a shaky first inning, sophomore Pete Woodworth (St. Petersburg, Fla.) settled down to throw 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits while striking six to pick up his second win of the season. Woodworth did not allow a hit in his final 3.1 innings of work.
The Eagles got on the board early with a towering two-run homerun from senior Jason Peacock (Bartow, Fla.) to give the Eagles an early 2-0 lead. Peacock would add a run scoring double in the fifth inning to finish the day at 2-5 with three RBI and a run scored. Catcher Graig Smith (Venice, Fla.) had a solid night, going 3-4 with a run scored.
The Eagles got a solid relief effort from senior J.J. Crumbley (Tampa, Fla.) who threw two solid innings, giving up just two hits to pick up his first save of the season. With runners on first and second and nobody out, Crumbley fielded a Ryan Lockwood bunt and threw out Jonathan Koscso at third base for the first out of the inning. Crumbley then got Brandon Smith to ground into a game ending 6-4-3 double play.
The Eagles return home tomorrow night when they host Fairfield at 6:00 P.M. The game can be seen live on ASun.TV.