Mikel Alvarez brought home the only two Eagle runs in FGCU's first A-Sun loss.
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Mikel Alvarez went 1-for-4 with two RBI’s as a late inning FGCU rally fell just short in a 3-2 loss to Jacksonville Friday night at Swanson Stadium. With the lose, the Eagles fall to 12-7 (6-1 A-Sun) while the Dolphins improve to 11-7 (4-3 A-Sun).
Junior Pete Woodworth (St. Petersburg, Fla.) got the start for the Eagles and worked four innings, while giving up one run on two hits, while striking out four. Sophomore Craig Crumbly (Winter Haven, Fla.) contributed five strong innings in relief giving up two runs while scattering six hits. Offensively for the Eagles, Mikel Alvarez (West Palm Beach, Fla.) went 1-for-4 with two RBI’s, while Steven Wickens (Whitby, Ontario) went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Jacksonville got a strong pitching performance from Matt Lossen who pitched 7.1 innings giving up two runs on four hits while striking out seven to earn the win. Centerfielder Esterlin Perozo led the way offensively going 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored. Kyle Fleming was 1-for-5 with two RBI’s.
The Dolphins would get on the board first when Perozo sent a Woodworth fastball over the leftfield fence with two out. Both sides would go silent offensively until the top of the 7th when Fleming scored two runs on a base hit. The Eagles battled back in the bottom of the 8th and scored two runs on an Alvarez single. But, the Eagles would leave two runners on base to cut the FGCU rally short.
The Eagles would go silent in the 9th to suffer there first conference lose of the season.
The Eagles and Dolphins will do battle once again tomorrow night at Swanson Stadium. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. The wrap up game of the series is Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Watch game two live on A-Sun TV.