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Late Inning Heroics Propel FGCU Over Lipscomb
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Florida Gulf Coast University baseball team completed a three game sweep over Lipscomb with a 10-9 victory in tenth innings on Sunday afternoon at Swanson Stadium. Zach Maxfield drove in the winning run on a walk off double to right center.
The Eagles improve to 22-14 (13-5 A-Sun) while Lipscomb falls to 15-24 (10-8 A-Sun).
Derek Shaw (New Port Richey, Fla.) picked up his third win of the season, throwing one inning with one strike out. Kyle Tognazzini received the loss, throwing 2.1 innings, allowing seven Eagle runs on six hits.
The Eagles picked up where they left off scoring two runs in the first inning, outscoring Lipscomb 17-1 on the weekend. Josh Upchurch (Cape Coral, Fla.) led off with a single back up the middle and advanced to third on a Tim Roberson (West Palm Beach, Fla.) fly ball to right. With runners on first and third, Zach Maxfield (Northport, Fla.), drove in his 39th RBI of the year making the score 1-0. With two out, Josh Chester (Westin, Fla.) drove a single to right advancing Mikel Alvarez (West Palm Beach, Fla.) from first to third. Stephen Wickens (Whitby, Ontario) dropped a two out RBI single just in front of the right fielder allowing Alvarez to cross the plate for the second run of the game.
Lipscomb would get on the board in the fifth after a leadoff single by Channing Brown. Brown advanced to second on a sac bunt and scored when FGCU’s shortstop threw the ball away with two out. Tyler Wilson made it first and second with a two out single to shallow right but the Eagles starter Richie Erath (West Palm Beach, Fla.) ended the Bison threat.
The Eagles would find themselves threatening in the bottom of the sixth with runners on first and third with one out. Brad Roberts (Tampa, Fla.) picked up the RBI as the Eagles executed a perfect safety squeeze allowing Maxfield to score and Wickens to advance to second. The Eagles would leave three runners stranded after back-to-back hit by pitches loaded the bases for the Eagles with two outs.
Lipscomb would pull within one with back-to-back doubles off the outfield fence to make the score 3-2. With one out, the Eagles called upon Jason Forjet (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) to stop the Lipscomb rally. Forjet delivered retiring two batters in a row to end the Bison threat in the top of the eighth.
Lipscomb would rally again in the ninth and put up three runs to take a 5-3 lead. With one out, a walk and triple down the right field line by M.L. Williams tied the game at three. With the infield in, Wilson drove a single between third and short to allow the go ahead run to cross the plate. Wilson stole second and was driven in by Andrew Nikerson’s RBI single to left.
The Eagles would fire right back in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at five. Freshman Joe Garnaccia )leadoff the ninth with a hit-by-pitch, followed by a base-on-balls by Upchurch. After a failed sac bunt attempt, Alvarez singled to left to drive in Guarnaccia to bring the Eagles within one. With one out, Maxfield would walk to load the bases with only one out. With a 2-0 count, Chester pulled an inside fastball to first, the Bison’s first baseman stepped on first and threw home but Upchurch was able to score to tie the game at 5.
With bases loaded and one out in the top of the tenth, Williams drove a single to right for the go ahead run. Lipscomb would score four more and take a 9-5 lead into the bottom of the tenth.
FGCU would come from behind and score five runs on five hits in the bottom of the tenth in route to a sweep over Lipscomb. With one out, Greene singled to left to ignite the rally. Upchurch, Alvarez, and Roberson would hit three consecutive singles allowing four runs to cross the plate. With one out, Roberson would score from first on a walk off double by Maxfield to right center.
Four Eagles recorded multiple hits, Upchurch went 2-for-5 with three runs scored and one RBI, Alvarez went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI, Maxfield went 2-for-2 with a run scored and two RBI, and Wickens went 2-for-5 with an RBI.
The Eagles will be back in action on Tuesday, April 21st at 7 p.m. for the Slammin’ at Hammond. First pitch is slated for 7:00 p.m. at Hammond Stadium as the Eagles face No. 20 Florida. To purchase tickets CLICK HERE.