DeLAND, Fla., - The FGCU baseball team knocked off Stetson 7-5 in the 12th inning to improve to 30-12 overall and 20-4 in the A-Sun. Stetson falls to 19-29 and 9-16. The Eagles improve to 5-2 in extra inning games this season.
Stetson got on the board in the first inning as Casey Frawley led off with a triple. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Jeremy Cruz. The Eagles answered with three in the second. Casey Coleman (Cape Coral, Fla.) led off with a single, consecutive hits by Graig Smith (Venice, Fla.) and Stephen Wickens (Whitby, Ontario) scored Coleman. Josh Upchurch (Cape Coral, Fla.) was hit by a pitch and with the bases loaded for Jason Peacock (Bartow, Fla.) who ripped a double down the right field line to put the Eagles up 3-1.
In the third, Frawley homered to trim a run off the Eagles lead. With two outs in the sixth, the Hatters put together three hits to even the score. In the seventh, the Hatters scored an unearned run off another hit by Frawley.
In the ninth, the Eagles were down to their last at-bat with runners on second and third and Ozzie Borrell (Hialeah, Fla.) up. Borrell drilled a double down the left field line to score a pair of runs and put the Eagles up 5-4.
In the 12th, Coleman led off with a single and scored with a two-out single by Wickens, his second game winning hit of the year. Wickens later scored on a double by Upchurch.
FGCU starter Richard Bleier (Davie, Fla.) struck out a career-high 13 batters, going 7.0 innings while allowing four runs, three earned. Chris Sale (Lakeland, Fla.) picked up his first win, going 3.2 innings with five strikeouts while surrendering just one hit. Nick Pugliese picked up the loss, going 4.1 innings while allowing four runs, three earned.
Casey Frawley proved to be a thorn in the side of FGCU pitching all night, going 4-5 with a homer, a triple and a pair of singles while also drawing a walk. He scored three of the Hatters five runs.
Peacock and Coleman were each 3-6 in the game. Peacock drove in a pair of runs while Coleman scored two. Wickens was also 2-6 with two RBI and two runs scored. Borrell was 2-5 with a pair of doubles and two RBI.
The Eagles and Hatters will resume the series tomorrow at 7:00 pm.