FORT MYERS, Fla., - The FGCU baseball team ran their league leading A-Sun record to 15-2 with a doubleheader sweep of Belmont. The Eagles are 25-7 overall while Belmont drops to 8-20 overall and 5-12 in the league. FGCU rallied for a 7-6 win in 10 innings in game one while they cruised to a 9-2 victory in game two.
Belmont jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning on an RBI single by Matt Zeblo that scored Derek Wiley. The Eagles answered in the bottom of the fourth as Jason Peacock (Bartow, Fla.) doubled to score Stephen Rassel (Lake City, Fla.). The Bruins again took the lead in the sixth only to see the Eagles match in the bottom of the inning. Peacock again drove in a run, this time plating Mikel Alvarez (West Palm Beach, Fla.).
Belmont scored a single run off a solo homer by Nate Woods and then scored three in the top of the ninth inning. All three runs were scored off FGCU JJ Crumbley (Tampa, Fla.) who surrendered his first runs of the season.
Down 6-2 in the bottom of the ninth, the Eagles put together a rally to send the game to extra innings. Rassel led off the inning with a single and moved to third on a single by Peacock. Ozzie Borrell (Hialeah, Fla.) then tripled to cut the lead to 6-4. A sacrifice fly by Case Coleman (Cape Coral, Fla.) narrowed the Belmont edge to 6-5. Another triple, this one by Vinnie Scarduzio (Jupiter, Fla.) left the tying run on third with one out. A bunt single by Stephen Wickens (Whitby, Ontario) scored the tying run and sent the game to extra innings.
In the 10th inning, Peacock led off with a single and moved to second on a single by Coleman. A Scarduzio single loaded the bases. With two outs, Wickens singled to drive in the winning run and complete the comeback for the Eagles. Peacock went 4-5 with a pair of RBI. Josh Upchurch (Cape Coral, Fla.) was also 2-4 in the game. Wickens went 2-5 with the game tying RBI and winning single. Despite giving up his first runs of the year, Crumbley picked up the win to move to 5-0 on the season.
In the second game, the Eagles jumped on the Bruins early and used strong pitching performances by Pete Woodworth (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Chris Sale (Lakeland, Fla.). Woodworth worked 6.0 innings and fanned a career-high 10 batters to move to 5-1. He scattered five hits and allowed a pair of runs. Sale came in to pitch the final three innings for his first save. He fanned five batters and limited the Bruins to two hits.
The Eagles scored four runs in the bottom of the second as Coleman led off with a single. Alvarez singled, extending his hitting streak to 18 games, and drove in a pair of runs in the inning. Rassel also tripled to score two runs in the inning.
The Eagles scored a single run in the third and also scored three runs in the sixth as Alvarez doubled to bring in two more runs. Upchurch homered in the top of the eighth inning, his second of the season, to put the Eagles up 9-2. Alvarez and Rassel were each 3-5 in the game while Alvarez drove in four runs and Rassel three. Coleman was also 2-4 with a RBI and a run in the game.
The Eagles and Bruins conclude their three-game series at 11:00 am tomorrow. The game has been moved up due to threatening weather in the afternoon. FGCU is expected to throw freshman Richie Erath while Belmont will send Josh Moffit to the mound.