JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University baseball team took two from the University of North Florida on Saturday afternoon at Harmon Stadium. The Eagles improve to 11-6 (5-0 A-Sun) after winning game one 6-0, and game two 8-2.
In game one, the Eagles would throw their first shutout of the 2009 season as Patrick Nathanson (Maitland, Fla.) would throw the first three innings only allowing one hit with four strike outs. Craig Crumbly (Winter Haven, Fala.) came in to earn his second win of the season after throwing six complete innings with four strike outs.
The game remained scoreless until the Eagles put one across in the fourth on an Osprey error to bring in Mikel Alvarez (West Palm Beach, Fla.).
The Eagles would turn around to score five more in the fifth, all with two outs. Back-to-back doubles by Josh Upchurch (Cape Coral, Fla.) and Tim Roberson (West Palm Beach, Fla.), combined with singles from Mikel Alvarez, Brad Roberts (Tampa, Fla.), and Bobby Greene (Cape Coral, Fla.) helped the Eagles increase their lead to 6-0.
From there, the Eagles Craig Crumbly would hold the Ospreys to just three scattered hits in his last five innings of work.
Stephen Wickens (Whitby, Ontario) went 2-for-5 with a run scored, Josh Upchurch was 1-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI, and Tim Roberson went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.
In game two, the Eagles put up double digits in the hits column, collecting 13 hits. Sophomore Chris Sale (Lakeland, Fla.) threw eight complete innings to improve his record to 2-1 on the season. In eight innings of work, Sale fanned nine Ospreys and only allowed one run on six hits.
The Ospreys got off to a fast start with a run in the bottom of the second to get on the board first. Redshirt freshman Andrew Karmeris led off the inning with a walk, which was followed by a Justin Preckajlo single down the left field line. Karmeris crossed the plate when junior Ryan Puskar blasted in an RBI single to left.
The Eagles reclaimed the lead with two runs in the top of the fourth. Sophomore Tim Roberson drew a leadoff walk, and later was brought in on a fielder’s choice by Brad Roberts. With two outs, Bobby Greene homered to left center to give the Eagles a 2-1 advantage.
From there, the Eagles would extended their lead to 6-1 with a combined four runs in the sixth and seventh. The Eagles added another two runs in the top of the ninth.
Four Eagles posted multiple hits in game two, Stephen Wickens went 2-for-5, Josh Upchurch went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, Brad Roberts was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, and Zach Maxfield went 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI.
The Eagles will return to action at 1 p.m. on Sunday to finish the series with the Ospreys. The game will be shown live on ASun.TV.