NASHVILLE, Tenn., - The FGCU baseball team split a doubleheader at Lipscomb to improve to 26-12 overall and 16-5 in the Atlantic Sun while Lipscomb fell to 20-15 and 14-7 in the league.
Lipscomb won game one 6-1 as Brandon McClurg tossed a complete game as he improved to 5-1 on the year. He allowed one run and scattered five hits with six strikeouts. The Bisons got on the board in the first inning as Jorge Gutierrez led off with a homerun. In the seventh inning, the Eagles left the bases loaded down 3-1 and the Bisons responded with a two-run homer by Caleb Joseph to open up a 6-1 lead.
Pete Woodworth (St. Petersburg, Fla.) picked up the loss for the Eagles as he fell to 5-2 on the season. Woodworth struck out five batters in 7.0 innings. Casey Coleman (Cape Coral, Fla.) was 2-4 in the game. Mikel Alvarez (West Palm Beach, Fla.) saw his school record 22-game hitting streak snapped in the contest.
In the second game, the Eagles jumped on the Bisons in the first inning. Josh Upchurch (Cape Coral, Fla.) led off the game with a single, then stole second and Alvarez followed with a single. Jason Peacock (Bartow, Fla.) drove in Upchurch with a sacrifice fly and DJ Bissell singled to drive in Alvarez. Coleman drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to put the Eagles up 3-0. The Bisons put up a run in the bottom of the third and the Eagles answered in the fourth with Graig Smith’s (Venice, Fla.) solo homer, his first of the season. Lipscomb got a run back in their half of the fourth, narrowing the FGCU lead to 4-2.
The Eagles added a fifth run in the fifth and Casey Coleman appeared to break the game open with a three-run homer in the seventh inning. The Bisons answered with three runs of their own in their half of the seventh. Each team added a run in the eighth inning and the Eagles added an important insurance run in the top of the ninth. Lipscomb was able to score three more runs in the ninth before Nick Ursitti (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) closed the door for his first save of the season as FGCU held on to win 10-9.
Coleman picked up the win, improving to 4-2 on the year. He was also 1-4 with four RBI and his fourth homer of the year. The top of the order for the Eagles (Upchurch, Alvarez, Peacock and Ozzie Borrell) went 9-16 and scored six times in the game. Stephen Wickens (Whitby, Ontario) was also 3-4 in the contest as every starter picked up at least one hit in the game.
The Eagles will be back in action again next weekend when they visit Jacksonville for a three game series.