Zach Maxfield went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University baseball team fell to the 11th ranked Hurricanes 13-7 on Wednesday night at Alex Rodriguez at Mark Light Field. Josh Chester extended his hitting streak to 11 games while Zach Maxfield recorded three hits against the Hurricanes.
With the loss, the Eagles fall to 22-16 overall while the Hurricanes improve to 27-13.
CJ Evans (Tampa, Fla.) saw his first start as an Eagle. Evans appeared in just four games before tonight’s contest. Evans threw four full innings, allowed four runs on five hits while striking out two in the no-decision.
Jacob Barnes (St. Petersburg, Fla.) received the loss. Barnes (0-1) threw two innings, allowed four runs and struck out two. Daniel Miranda (3-2) received the win after throwing 1.2 innings while striking out two Eagles.
Josh Upchurch (Cape Coral, Fla.) opened up the Eagle first with a leadoff double to right field. Mikel Alvarez (West Palm Beach, Fla.) drew a walk followed by an RBI double by Zach Maxfield (North Port, Fla.), Alvarez would score on a Hurricane error by the left fielder. With one-out in the inning, Josh Chester (Weston, Fla.) added another Eagle run on a single up the middle to put the Eagles up 3-0.
The Hurricanes answered in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single through the right side by Jason Hagerty to score Scott Lawson. Lawson reached on a leadoff double to left center.
In the top of third, Tim Roberson (West Palm Beach, Fla.) doubled down the left field line with one-out. Maxfield reached on a fielding by the Hurricane third baseman. With runners on first and second, Chester pulled an inside fastball to first, Vickash Ramjit turned and threw to the Hurricanes shortstop Ryan Jackson who threw the ball away trying to complete the double-play. The Eagles scored one in the inning to go up 4-1.
The Hurricanes evened the score in the bottom of the fourth on a three-run home run by Harold Martinez.
The Eagles regained the lead in the fifth. Alvarez drew a leadoff walk, and with one-out Maxfield doubled to right center. With runners on second and third, Chester grounded out to the second baseman to score Alvarez. With 2-1 count, Stephen Wickens (Whiby, Ontario) sent a chopper just over the third baseman’s glove to score Maxfield to put the Eagles up 6-4.
The Hurricanes took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fifth. The Hurricanes put up three courtesy of a RBI double by Hagerty, and RBI singles by Chris Herrmann and Harold Martinez to take the lead 7-6.
The Eagles tied the game at seven in the sixth on a RBI single by Maxfield, his second RBI of the night and his 42nd of the year.
FGCU reliever Jacob Barnes retired the first two Hurricanes in the bottom of the seventh. With an 0-2 count, pinch-hitter Iden Nazario doubled to right center and was driven in by a RBI single up the middle by Herrmann. Martinez drew a walk before Dave DiNatale homered to left field to give the Hurricanes the 11-7 lead after seven.
The Hurricanes increased their lead with a two-run single by Nazario in the eighth to give the Hurricanes the 13-7 lead heading into the ninth.
The Eagles would strand two runners in the ninth as they fell to the Hurricanes by a score of 13-7.
Three Eagles recorded multiple hits, Upchurch went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, Maxfield went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, and Wickens finished 3-for-5.
The Eagles will be back in action on Friday, April 24th at Swanson Stadium as they host A-Sun foe USC-State. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. The Eagles currently sit in a half game behind Kennesaw State, so catch all the action this weekend on A-Sun TV as the Eagles look for their second straight A-Sun regular season title.