SPARTANBURG, S.C. – FGCU broke open a classic pitchers duel with eight runs in the eighth and ninth innings. With the 9-0 win in game one of the doubleheader, FGCU improves to 38-14 overall and 25-7 in the league while USC Upstate falls to 24-28 and 16-16 in A-Sun play.
FGCU scratched out a run in the first inning as Josh Upchurch (Cape Coral, Fla.) and Mikel Alvarez (West Palm Beach, Fla.) drew walks to open the game. Ozzie Borrell (Hialeah, Fla.) singled to drive in the first run and put the Eagles up 1-0. From that point, a pitchers duel broke out between FGCU starter Casey Coleman (Cape Coral, Fla.) and Upstate starter Scott Eckard until the eighth inning. The two teams combined for just five hits until the eighth.
The Eagles erupted for five in the eighth, highlighted by Tim Roberson (West Palm Beach, Fla.) drilled his third homer of the year. Upchurch and Alvarez started the inning with singles and Borrell drove in the first run. Roberson’s dinger capped the scoring in the inning. The Eagles added three more runs in the ninth as Stephen Rassel (Lake City, Fla.) doubled to drive in a pair and put the Eagles up 9-0.
Mikel Alvarez led the Eagles with a 3-4 performance while Stephen Rassel was 2-4 with three RBI. Casey Coleman picked up the win, going 7.0 innings with six strikeouts and just three hits allowed. He improves to 7-3 on the year.