Owls Outlast Eagles, 5-3, in Extra Innings
Sunday, February 22, 2009

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Despite scoring one run in each of the first three innings, the Eagles could not find a way to close things out as the FGCU baseball team dropped a heartbreaking 5-3 loss (11 innings) to Temple on the final day of the FGCU Invitational.

The Owls (2-1) got on the board early, scoring one run in the first inning on a two out error by Eagles third baseman Tim Roberson (West Palm Beach, Fla.).

The Eagles would even things up in the bottom half of the inning after a ground ball to the Owls shortstop by Tim Roberson brought in Stephen Wickens (Whitoy, Ontario) who reached on a double down the leftfield line.  

The Eagles added one more in the second on a RBI single by Tim Kiley (Palm Harbor, Fla.) to plate Brad Roberts (Tampa. Fla.).

Stephen Wickens led off the third inning with a single, and would later score on a single to left by junior Josh Chester (Weston, Fla.).

The Owls plated one in the fifth courtesy of two doubles, one by Lenny Del Grippo and other an RBI double by Carmen Del Mastro.

The Eagles had something brewing in the fifth inning with runners on second and third with one out but a ground out and fly out ended the Eagles threat.

The Owls evened the game at three in the seventh, on another Del Grippo, Del Mastro combination. Del Grippo led off the seventh with a double and Del Mastro brought in Del Grippo on a single up the middle with one out.  

The Eagles threatened again in the ninth inning with bases loaded and two outs but Kyle Monahan came in to get Roberts to fly out to center.  

The Owls took a 5-3 lead in the top of the eleventh after taking advantage of four singles in the inning.  

Senior Derek Shaw (New Port Richey, Fla.) was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on six hits with four strikeouts in three innings of relief. Sophomore Richie Erath (West Palm Beach, Fla.) got the no-decision after allowing three runs, only two earned on seven hits while striking out four in seven innings.

Kyle Monahan got the win after hurling 2.1 innings of shutout relief.  

The Eagles host the FGCU Classic sponsored by Comfort Inn & Suites on February 26th thru March 1.

Thursday, February 26th

Boston College vs University of South Florida 12:00 pm

FGCU vs Samford University 4:00 pm

Bethune-Cookman University vs Towson University 8:00 pm

Friday, February 27th

Samford University vs University of South Florida 12:00 pm

Bethune-Cookman vs Boston College 4:00 pm

FGCU vs Towson University 8:00 pm

Saturday, February 28th

Boston College vs Towson 12:00 pm

FGCU vs University of South Florida  4:00 pm

Samford University vs Bethune-Cookman 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 1

Samford University vs Boston College12:00 pm

University of South Florida vs Towson  12:00 pm

FGCU vs Bethune-Cookman 12:00 pm