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Eagles Complete Sweep with 12-9 Win Over ETSU
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – A six-run sixth inning for the Eagles proved to be the difference as the FGCU baseball team completed a three-game sweep over ETSU with a 12-9 victory on Saturday at Cardinal Park.
The Eagles improve to 29-16 overall and 19-5 in league play, while the Bucs drop to 23-22 overall and 9-15 in conference play.
FGCU reliever Craig Crumbly (Winter Haven, Fla.) quieted the ETSU offense limiting the Bucs to three runs on seven hits in 5.0 innings tallying five strikeouts. Bo Reeder was tabbed with the loss after giving up six runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings of work.
Josh Chester (Weston, Fla.) extended his hitting streak to 18 as he drove in two runs in the top of the first with a bases loaded single.
ETSU answered in the bottom of the first as Jacob Fabry came in to score on a RBI single by third baseman Bo Reeder, and Derek Trent drove in Troy Mendez on a ground out to first to tie the game at 2-all.
FGCU retook the lead in the top of the third on a RBI groundout by catcher Robert Greene (Cape Coral, Fla.) and a two-run single Brad Roberts (Tampa, Fla.) to put the Eagles in front 5-2.
Paul Hoilman sent his 11th home run of the season over the fence in right for a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Eagles lead to 5-3. Later in the inning, Danny Petro hit a three-run home run over the fence in left center to give the Bucs a 6-5 lead.
Third baseman Tim Roberson (West Palm Beach, Fla.) tied the game at 6-all with his 15th home run in the top of the sixth. In the next at bat, Zach Maxfield (North Port, Fla.) gave the Eagles a 7-6 lead on a solo home run to right center. FGCU added four more runs in the inning to take an 11-6 lead.
Florida Gulf Coast added an insurance run in the top of the seventh on a RBI single by left fielder Joe Guarnaccia (Davie, Fla.) to extend the Eagles lead to 12-6.
ETSU narrowed the gap in the bottom of the seventh scoring three runs on a RBI single by Trent and a two-run home run by second baseman Ben Allen to bring the score to 12-9.
Six Eagles recorded multiple hits. Upchurch, Roberson, Chester, Wickens, Roberts, and Guarnaccia each had two hits.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Bucs loaded the bases with no outs, but a great play by Mikel Alvarez (West Palm Beach, Fla.) at second to double up Hoilman at second ended the ETSU rally making the final 12-9.
The Eagles return home to face FAU on Tuesday, May 5th at Swanson Stadium, first pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.