Josh Upchurch went 5-for-10 in the doubleheader
Kennesaw, Ga. – The Florida Gulf Coast University baseball team split a doubleheader with Kennesaw State, falling short in game two of the series 13-8, and won the third game 13-5. The Eagles take the three-game set and move to 14-4 (7-2 A-Sun), while the Owls fall to 6-11 (3-3 A-Sun).
Game one was pushed back two hours due to severe weather in the Kennesaw, Ga. area.
In Game one of the doubleheader, the Owls took an early lead as they put up two in the bottom half of the first. Just after one inning of play the game was delayed due to rain.
After an hour and two minute rain delay, the Eagles scored three in the top of the second. With bases loaded, Josh Upchurch (Cape Coral, Fla.) flew out to center to bring in Paul Fibbe (Jacksonville, Fla.) who reached on a walk. Two batters later, senior Stephen Rassel (Lake City, Fla.) lined a single to center to score Vinnie Scarduzio (Jupiter, Fla.). Jason Peacock (Bartow, Fla.) singled to right center to bring in Stephen Wickens (Whitby, Ontario).
The Owls would answer with five of their owns runs in the bottom of the second, scoring five as Jace Whitmer doubled to center that scored two. After two innings of play the Eagles trailed 7-3.
The Eagles would bring the game within one, after Vinnie Scarduzio hit a three-run homerun down the right field line.
Once again the Owls answered right back with a three-run homerun by Ric Bishop in the bottom of the third, the Eagles now trialed 10-6.
After falling behind 11-6, the Eagles would score two in the fifth.
The Owls were able to hold off the Eagles, taking game two of the series 13-8. Stephen Rassel went 2-for-4 with an RBI, Jason Peacock went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Vinnie Scarduzio went 2-for-5 with 3 RBI, and two runs scored.
Casey Coleman (Cape Coral, Fla.) received the loss for the Eagles. Coleman threw 1.2 innings, gave up five hits, seven runs, and struck out two.
Wes Tignor received the win for the Owls, throwing 2.1 innings, allowing four hits on three runs, while striking out one.
Game two, the Eagles fell behind once again in the first. The Owls scored two after Ric Bishop, and Jace Whitmer both singled and drove in a run.
In the top of the second senior Ozzie Borrell (Hialeah, Fla.) hit his fourth homerun of the season to right field to bring the Eagles within one.
The Owls added another run in the second, bringing the score to 3-1.
The Eagles would even the score in the third as Mikel Alvarez (West Palm Beach, Fla.) grounded out to the shortstop to bring in Wickens who reached on a walk. Stephen Rassel also grounded out to bring in a run to even the score at three.
The Eagles would break it open in the fifth, scoring five runs on two hits. Rassel recorded two more RBI on a double to right center that scored Upchurch and Alvarez.
The Eagles would add to their lead in the sixth, as they batted around for the second straight inning to score three.
In the ninth, the Eagles would bring home two more. Wickens doubled to score Graig Smith (Venice, Fla.) who reached on a single to right center. Upchurch would later single to score Wickens.
For the Eagles, they scored 13 runs on 11 hits. Upchurch went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored, Rassel was 1-for-4 with three RBI, Borrell went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, and Wickens went 1-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored.
Pete Woodworth (St.Petersburg, Fla.) improved his record 3-1. Woodworth threw five full innings, struck out four and gave up seven hits and one earned run.
Freeman received the loss for the Owls. Freeman threw 4.1 innings, gave up four hits, gave up seven runs, and struck out two.
The Eagles will travel to Daytona Beach, Fla. on Tuesday March 18th to face Bethune-Cookman for a two-game set. Game one is scheduled for Tuesday at 6:00 pm, and game two is on Wednesday March 18th at 3:00 pm.