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Baseball Comes up Short Against No. 22 Florida State, 11-9
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The FGCU baseball team came up a couple runs short on Wednesday night, dropping an 11-9 decision at the hands of Florida State. With the loss, the Eagles fall to 13-10 and the Seminoles improve to 13-8 on the season.
A total of eight Eagles saw the mound, adding to the four other pitchers thrown in game one, for a total of twelve different FGCU pitchers in the mid-week series at Florida State.
The Eagles opened up the first with a fly-out and a groundout followed by back-to-back walks from Tim Roberson (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and Mikel Alvarez (West Palm Beach, Fla.). Zach Maxfield (North Port, Fla.) stepped up with a two-out single to right field to score Roberson to give the Eagles their first lead of the two-game mid-week series.
Richie Erath (West Palm Beach, Fla.) got the nod for his sixth start of the season and retired the Seminoles in order in the bottom half of the first, and faced the minimum amount of Seminoles hitters in two innings of work, allowing no runs on one hit.
The Eagles increased their lead in the third, sparked by Josh Upchurch (Cape Coral, Fla.) who reached on a leadoff error by Seminole first baseman Jack Posey. With one out, Alvarez singled through the left side, followed by a walk and then a sacrifice-fly by Josh Chester (Weston, Fla.) to put the Eagles up 2-0 after two and a half innings.
Trent Landa (Jacksonville, Fla.) entered the game in the third and retired the first Seminole he faced. The Seminoles would have a chance in the inning with two runners on with two outs, but Landa was able to get Tommy Oravetz to groundout to secure the Eagles 2-0 lead after three. Landa threw one full inning, allowed no hits, two walks, and no runs.
In the fourth, Robert Greene (Cape Coral, Fla.) drove his sixth home run of the season off the Dick Howser Stadium scoreboard in left field to put the Eagles up 3-0.
With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, the Seminoles would score eight to take their first lead of the game, 8-3. Jack Posey homered to left center to cut the Eagles lead to 3-2. The Seminoles would later load the bases and tie the game at three on a two-out walk by Jason Stidham to bring up Mike McGee. McGee would send a double down the left field line to score two to put the Seminoles up 5-3. The Seminoles would extend their lead in the innings on a three-run home run by Stephen Cardullo.
The Eagles would decrease the Seminole deficit to 8-5 in the sixth on a two-run home run by Robert Greene, his second of the game and his seventh of the season.
Tim Roberson singled to right to lead off the Eagle seventh. Mikel Alvarez would run the count full to earn a walk, followed by an RBI single up the middle by Maxfield to pull the Eagles within two. With one-out and runners second and third, Brad Roberts (Tampa, Fla.) put one off the scoreboard to give the Eagles a 9-8 lead.
The lead would change once again as the Seminoles scored three in the eighth on three hits, and one Eagles error in the inning to put the Eagles down 11-9.
The Eagles would go quietly in the ninth, as Jimmy Marshall pitched a perfect frame to pick up his fifth save of the year for Florida State.
Hunter Scantling picked up his first win of the season for the ‘Noles, hurling a perfect 1.2 innings with one strikeout. Chris Sale took the loss, dropping his record to 2-3 on the season. Sale was charged with three runs (one earned) on three hits in 1.0 inning of work.
Robert Greene and Brad Roberts each had solid days at the plate, as both finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Greene hit two home runs, his sixth and seventh of the season, while Roberts hit his fourth home run of the year.
The Eagles will continue their 11 game road trip as they head to Nashville, Tennessee to face conference foe Belmont for a three-game series beginning on Friday, March 27th at 4:00 pm.