DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., - The FGCU baseball team saw a 5-2 evaporate in the seventh inning in a 6-5 loss at Bethune Cookman on Tuesday evening. The Eagles fall to 14-5 while Bethune-Cookman improves to 11-6.
Bethune-Cookman got on the board first in the second inning as Emmanuel Castro led off with a double and came home on a single by Justin Hoyte. The Wildcats extended their lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the third as Jose Lozado homered to left field.
FGCU batted around in the top of the fourth, with six straight one-out hits. Stephen Rassell (Lake City, Fla.) started things off with a double. Vinnie Scarduzio (Jupiter, Fla.) tripled to plate a pair of runs and open up a 5-2 FGCU lead.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Wildcats had runners at the corners with two outs and a routine grounder turned into an error and four runs would score before the Eagles would get out of the inning.
Wildcat pitching would set the Eagles down in order in the eighth and ninth to hang on for the 6-5 win. Roman Lancea picked up the win in relief, going 4.2 innings while surrendering just one hit. He improves to 1-1 on the year. Eric Thomas closed the game with a 1-2-3 inning in the ninth for his first save of the season. Offensively, Lozado was 4-4 with 2 RBI.
Patrick Nathonson tossed 6.2 innings and allowed seven hits while striking out six batters with five runs allowed and two earned, he did not factor in the decision. Tim Kiley picked up the loss for the Eagles in relief falling to 0-1 on the year. Mikel Alvarez, Ozzie Borrell and Casey Coleman were all 2-4 for the Eagles.
FGCU will look to rebound against the Wildcats tomorrow at 3:00 pm in Daytona Beach, Fla.