FORT MYERS, Fla., - FGCU lost the series finale against Belmont but still managed to win their fifth straight A-Sun series. Belmont won 12-5 to improve to 9-20 overall and 6-12 in the league while the Eagles remain out front with a 25-8 mark and 15-3 record in the Atlantic Sun.
The Bruins were able to score twice in the top of the second, first off a homer by Derek Wiley and added a second run on an RBI single by Matt Zeblo. The Eagles answered in their half of the inning as Jason Peacock (Bartow, Fla.) led off with a single. Ozzie Borrell (Hialeah, Fla.) followed with a double and Graig Smith (Venice, Fla.) drove in the first run for the Eagles. Belmont was able to put up a pair of runs in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth to take an 8-1 lead.
The Eagles began to chip away, scoring a pair in the fifth on RBI’s by Stephen Rassel (Lake City, Fla.) and Peacock. Casey Coleman (Cape Coral, Fla.) tripled to lead off the sixth and came in on a sacrifice fly by Smith. Mikel Alvarez (West Palm Beach, Fla.) singled and scored Vinnie Scarduzio (Jupiter, Fla.) who singled earlier in the inning. Alvarez’s hitting streak reached 19 games, matching Rassel’s school record streak that he established earlier this season. However, that would be the last time the Eagles scored in the contest.
Belmont added four more in the top of the ninth as Daniel Wagner hit a solo homer with one out. A pair of FGCU miscues extended the inning and allowed three more runs to score.
Richie Erath picked up the loss for the Eagles as he fell to 2-1 on the season. Josh Moffitt earned the win for the Bruins, going 5.2 innings while allowing five runs, three of which were earned.
Jason Peacock went 3-5 to up his league leading batting average to .480. Alvarez was also 2-5 with a run scored and an RBI. Casey Coleman and Ozzie Borrell were also 2-5 on the day.
The Eagles will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Coral Gables, Fla., to face Miami at 7:00 pm.