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Eagles Weather Split in Doubleheader Action
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Florida Gulf Coast University baseball team took game two of the A-Sun series against Belmont 15-7, and fell 2-1 in game three in five innings after the game was called due to inclement weather.
The Eagles now sit 14-12 (8-4 A-Sun) and the Bruins move to 14-12 (8-4 A-Sun).
In game one, four Eagles posted multiple hits. Josh Upchurch (Cape Coral, Fla.) finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, Zach Maxfield (North Port, Fla.) went 2-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored and five RBI, Robert Greene (Cape Coral, Fla.) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, and Brad Roberts (Tampa, Fla.) went 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI.
Chris Sale (Lakeland, Fla.) picked up his third win of the season, throwing eight complete innings, allowed only one earned run and struck out 12 Bruins.
Tyler Graskewicz received the loss, throwing 2.1 innings, allowed seven runs and eight Eagle hits.
The Eagles once again jumped out to an early lead, scoring four runs in the top of the first. The Eagles have outscored their opponents 22-11 in the first inning and are 6-3 when leading after the first. The inning was highlighted by a single to center by Maxfield to plate Tim Roberson (West Palm Beach, Fla.), and an RBI double off the bat of Greene to give the Eagles the early 4-0 lead.
The Eagles added to their lead in the top of the third, scoring three to go up 7-0. Back-to-back walks followed by back-to-back singles from Roberts and Josh Chester (Weston, Fla.) aided the Eagles three runs in the inning.
Sale retired the first eight Bruin hitters before they put a hit on the board in the third inning with two outs.
The Bruins finally pushed across three runs in the bottom of the fifth, all three runs were unearned. Two Eagle errors put the first two Bruins on base, followed by an RBI double down the right field line by Matt Hamann brought in the first Bruin run of the game. The next two Bruin runs came off back-to-back RBI singles to bring the Bruins within four.
The Eagles would put up three more in the top of the sixth to increase their lead to 10-3. Bobbie Barrie (Daytona Beach, Fla.) leadoff the inning with a single. Upchurch also answered with a single to right field followed by a fielding error by the pitcher to bring home Joe Guarnaccia (Davie, Fla.) who pinch ran for Barrie. The next Eagle run came after Roberson reached on a fielder’s choice and a throwing error by the second baseman to score Upchurch. The final Eagle run in the inning came after Greene drew a one-out bases loaded walk.
The Bruins added two in the seventh on a RBI single by Packy Elkins to bring the score to 10-5.
The Eagles would quickly answer in the eighth with another run on a RBI single to left field by Roberts to score Mikel Alvarez (West Palm Beach, Fla.).
The Eagles weren’t done yet; they put up four more runs in the top of the ninth to go up 15-5. With bases loaded and two-out, Maxfield cleared the bases with a home run to right center. That grand slam was Midfield’s sixth home run of the season.
The Bruins managed to get two more in the bottom of the ninth on a pinch hit home run by Tim Ivie, but it wasn’t enough as the Eagles took game two of the series, 15-7.
In game two, the Eagles put one up in the first on a RBI sacrifice bunt by Alvarez to score Upchurch.
The Bruins would answer with two of their own in the bottom of the first to take the lead 2-1.
In the top of the sixth, the Eagles would tie the game at two, and with bases loaded and nobody out, the game was halted due to inclement weather. Play would not resume as the weather did not cooperate and the Eagles would receive the loss. Since Belmont did not bat in the bottom of the sixth, the score shall be that of the last equal inning played, which was the fifth inning. After five complete innings, the game is complete if called by the umpire at any time after five, giving the Eagles the 2-1 loss.
The Eagles will stay on the road as they head to Daytona Beach, Fla. to face Bethune-Cookman for a two game series beginning on March 31st at 6:00 pm. Game two is slated for a 3:00 pm start on April 1st.