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Baseball Falls to No. 22 Florida, 12-3
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU baseball team played one of its biggest games in front of one of the biggest crowds in program history against No. 22 Florida on Tuesday night at Hammond Stadium. The Eagles played in front of 5,147 as they fell 12-3 to the Gators. With the win, Florida moves to 27-14 as the Eagles fall to 22-15.
The Eagles got off to a shaky start committing two errors and allowing a couple of walks in the first inning. Starting pitcher Craig Crumbly (Winter Haven, Fla.) was able to work out of the jam while only letting one run to score. The Gators added another run in the bottom of the second when Jonathan Pigott singled to center field to score his brother, Daniel.
In the bottom of the third inning Brad Roberts (Tampa, Fla.) recorded the first hit of the game for the Eagles when he singled to left field. After a Joe Guarnaccia (Davie, Fla.)walk, Josh Upchurch (Cape Coral. Fla.)sent a 2-1 pitch from Florida starter Jeff Barfield over the right field fence to give the Eagles a 3-2 lead.
The Gators were able to tie the game at 3-3 when Matt den Dekker crossed the plate after the Eagles were unable to turn a double play on a Matt Mooney groundball. The Gators put the game out of reach in the fifth inning when they put a six spot on the board. The inning was capped by a Preston Tucker three-run home run to right field.
Getting out hit by a margin of 18-5, and committing five errors became too steep a hill for the Eagles to climb as the Gators were able to tack on three more runs in the game.
Junior Billy Bullock got the win in relief for the Gators pitching three innings giving up just one hit while not allowing any runs. Bullock also struck out four in his three innings of work. Crumbly takes the lose for the Eagles after throwing 4.1 innings allowing eight hits and two earned runs.
Upchurch led the way offensively for the Eagles going 1-for-4 with three RBI’s and a run scored. Derek Shaw (New Port Richey, Fla.) worked 2.1 innings in relief allowing only three hits while striking out three.
Buddy Munroe was 3-for-5 with three RBI’s and two runs scored for the Gators.
The Eagles will be back in action tomorrow night as they travel to Miami to take on the 11th ranked Hurricanes. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at the Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. The Eagles return home this Friday night as they begin a three game series with A-Sun foe USC-Upstate. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.