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Baseball Shocks Boston College, 6-4
FORT MYERS, Fla. – One night after falling to Boston College 7-6, FGCU would find themselves victorious after a solid pitching performance from their starter, sophomore Patrick Nathanson (Maitland, Fla.).
FGCU’s Robert Greene (Cape Coral, Fla.) began the scoring after he crushed a 2-1 fastball 430 feet over the center field fence to put FGCU up 1-0.
Boston College would even the score in the fourth inning with a two out home run to left center by Tony Sanchez (Miami, Fla.).
Back to back singles by Mikel Alvarez (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and Brad Roberts (Tampa, Fla.) would get FGCU started in the bottom of the fourth. After a Greene sacrifice bunt that was bobbled by BC’s pitcher, FGCU had the bases loaded with nobody out. Zach Maxfield (Northport, Fla.) would force a run across the plate for FGCU after getting hit on the arm by a 2-2 fastball. Stephen Wickens (Whitby, Ontario) would continue to stay red hot as he singled up the middle to drive in Roberts to extend the lead to 3-1. Josh Upchurch (Cape Coral, Fla.) would add to the score after reaching first on an infield hit to the second baseman, scoring Greene from third. Tim Roberson (West Palm Beach, Fla.), after almost getting hit in the face, would eventually walk to increase FGCU’s lead to 5-1. The FGCU offense would touch up Taylor Lasko (Stratford, Conn.) for four runs on four hits and two walks in the inning.
FGCU would tack on one more run in the seventh after a walk and single that found its way into shallow right field, which set the table for Chester who delivered with an RBI single to right, increasing the lead to 6-1.
In the top of the 8th, BC would mount a comeback. After a single to right field and an error by Roberson, leadoff hitter Robbie Anston (Odessa, Fla.) walked to load the bases for the Eagles of Boston College. Nathanson would leave the game responsible for all three runners on base. Freshman CJ Evans (Tampa, Fla.) would take the mound for FGCU and walk in a run on four straight pitches making the score 6-2. After Evans faced only one batter, Coach Dave Tollett would call on senior Nick Ursitti (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) out of the bullpen. Ursitti would induce a ground ball to shortstop but FGCU could not turn the second half of the double play. Following a wild pitch that got by Greene, Boston College would pull within two making the score 6-4. Ursitti would get out of the inning after getting a ground out to third and finally striking out the last batter of the inning.
In the 9th, Ursitti would give up a two out double to left center but would retire the last batter of the game picking up the save. Patrick Nathanson improves to 3-0 after his 7.0 inning bid where he only gave up three earned runs on three hits and struck out four. Taylor Lasko took the loss, allowing two earned runs on six hits while striking out five.
The Eagles will be back in action this weekend as they open A-Sun play against the Fighting Camels of Campbell University at Swanson Stadium with a double header starting at 4 p.m. on Friday and a single game at 1 p.m. on Saturday.