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First Place Eagles Take Two from ESTU
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Florida Gulf Coast University baseball team extended their winning streak to six games, taking both games of a doubleheader from ETSU on Friday night, 18-7 and 19-4. The Eagles pounded out 44 hits as six Eagles record five or more hits on the day.
The Eagles improve to 28-16 overall and 18-5 in league play, while the Bucs fall to 23-21 on the season and 9-14 in conference play,
Pete Woodworth (St. Petersburg, Fla.) earned the win in game one going 6.2 innings allowing seven runs (five earned) on nine hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Sophomore Bo Burton tabbed with the loss after surrendering nine runs (seven earned) on 12 hits in 3.0 innings of work to fall to 1-1 on the year.
Chris Sale (Lakeland, Fla.) picked up the win in game two allowing one run on three hits going 7.0 innings with seven strikeouts as Sale had a perfect game through four innings. Chas Byrne was the losing pitcher of record going 3.1 innings giving up nine runs (five earned) on 11 hits with five walks and four strikeouts.
The Eagles were led offensively by Mikel Alvarez (West Palm Beach, Fla.) who went 7-10 with five runs scored and five RBI, Josh Upchurch (Cape Coral, Fla.) also had seven hits with a home run and three RBI, Josh Chester (Weston, Fla.) was 5-for-10 with five runs scored, one home run and eight RBI, Robert Greene (Cape Coral, Fla.) was 4-for-8 with five runs scored, two home runs and five RBI, Zach Maxfield (North Port, Fla.) was 5-for-11 with five runs scored, two home runs and three RBI, and Stephen Wickens (Whitby, Ontario) who finished the day 5-for-12 with four runs scored, one home run and five RBI .
Alvarez and Upchurch both had seven hits and third baseman Bo Reeder (Cookeville, Tenn.) as Hoilman was 3-for-5 on the day with two home runs, four RBI and two walks, while Reeder also had three hits and hit his 14th home run of the season to put him only one back of the ETSU freshman home run record.
Third baseman Tim Roberson (West Palm Beach, Fla.) also hit his 16th home run, while Chester extended his current hitting streak to 17 games.
In game one, the Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on a Brad Roberts RBI single up the middle. The Eagles added two more runs in the inning on RBI singles by centerfielder Josh Upchurch and second baseman Mikel Alvarez to make the score 3-0.
Roberts singled in another run in the top of the third to increase the Eagles lead to 4-0.
The Eagles jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the top of the fourth scoring seven runs on seven hits including a solo shot to right by Upchurch.
The Bucs got on the board in the bottom of the fourth as Hoilman drove his ninth home run of the season over the scoreboard in left for a three-run home run to cut the Eagles lead to 11-3. Later in the inning, the Bucs added another run as catcher Derek Trent came in to score on a ground ball hit to second by right fielder Cory Betterson to bring the score to 11-4.
The Eagles added three insurance runs in the top of the seventh on a RBI double by right fielder Josh Chester and a two-run home run to left center by catcher Robert Greene to make the score 14-4.
ETSU got a big three-run double by second baseman Ben Allen in the bottom of the seventh to narrow the gap to 14-7.
The Eagles answered with four runs in the top of the eighth on a RBI single by Alvarez and a three-run double by Chester to give the Eagles a 18-7 lead.
In the second game, the Eagles jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on RBI singles by Chester and shortstop Steven Wickens.
The Eagles scored seven runs on six hits and an ETSU error in the top of the fourth to take a 9-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth, the Eagles added three more runs on a solo home run by Maxfield and a two-run shot by Wickens to make the score 12-0.
Maxfield homered for the second time in the game in the top of the sixth to extend the FGCU lead to 13-0.
The Eagles scored six runs on seven hits in the top of the seventh highlighted by two-run home runs by Chester and Roberson to put FGCU in front 19-0.
Hoilman hit his second home run of the day in the bottom of the seventh to cut the Eagle lead to 19-1.
The Bucs added another run in the bottom of the eighth as Trent came in to score on a balk to make the score 19-2.
Reeder added two more runs for ETSU in the bottom of the ninth on a two-run home run to right to make the final 19-4.
The Eagles are back in action tomorrow at 1 p.m. as they take on the Bucs in the final game of the series at Cardinal Park.