FORT MYERS, Fla. - FGCU defeated Stetson in game three of their weekend series by a score of 12-2 at Swanson Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Pete Woodworth struck out a season-high 10 batters.
The Eagles finished the 2009 season as the regular season A-Sun Conference Champions with a record of 36-18 (23-7 A-Sun). The Hatters drop to 27-29 (16-14 A-Sun) and will be the three seed at this year A-Sun Tournament.
The Eagles racked up 13 hits on the day, which is the 40th time the Eagles put up 10 or more hits in a game.
Pete Woodworth (St. Petersburg, Fla.) earned his fifth win of the season. Woodworth (5-2) threw seven innings, surrendered eight hits and two runs (unearned) with 10 strikeouts.
Seniors Nick Ursitti (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) and Ryan Horton (Orlando, Fla.) each saw an inning on the mound. They combined for just one hit, one strikeout, and allowed no runs.
The Eagles would score first in the bottom of the second. Brad Roberts (Tampa, Fla.) led the inning off with a single to right. After a Bobby Greene (Cape Coral, Fla) walk, freshman Joe Guarnaccia (Davie, Fla.) would drive an RBI single to right field putting the Eagles up 1-0. Senior centerfielder Josh Upchurch (Cape Coral, Fla.) would advance the runners to second and third with a sac bunt with only one out. Mikel Alvarez (West Palm Beach, Fla.) would extend the Eagles lead to 2-0 with a sac fly to right that scored Greene.
The Hatters would come close to tying the game up the very next inning as they mounted a rally. Back-to-back singles by Jacob DeGrom and Kyle Maulbetsch would get the Hatters going. The rally was cut short as Upchurch gunned down Maulbetsch at the plate for the third out.
The Eagles got the offense going again in the fifth inning as they scored four runs on four hits to make the score 6-0. Zach Maxfield (Northport, Fla.) leadoff with a single up the middle and was followed by a Roberts single to left making it first and third with two outs. After Greene walked for the second time, Guarnaccia would collect his third RBI of the day as he drove a 2-1 fastball to right field. Upchurch would tack on two more runs as he singled down the right field line.
The Hatters scored their only two runs of the game with two outs in the top of the sixth. Jeremy Cruz doubled down the right field line to push across the first Hatter run of the day. Aaron Crittenden drove in Cruz to put Stetson within four runs. With the bases loaded, FGCU starter Pete Woodworth would pitch his way out of the jam inducing a fly ball to right to end the inning.
The Eagles would answer and blow the game open in the bottom of the sixth making the score 12-2. Wickens led things off with a single up the middle and then advanced to third on a Roberts single to right center. Another walk to Greene loaded the bases and Guarnaccia picked up his fourth RBI on back-to-back walks. Upchurch would drive a two RBI single up the middle making the score 9-2. The Eagles would score two more runs, one on a wild pitch and the other on a Maxfield RBI to extend their lead to 12-2. The scoring ended at that and the Eagles won the rubber match in there series with the Hatters.
Four Eagles recorded multiple hits. Upchurch went 2-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI, Maxfield went 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI, Roberts went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, and Guarnaccia went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a career-high four RBI.
The Eagles finished the 2009 season, taking 8-10 conference series which included five sweeps. In two years in the A-Sun, the Eagles are 48-15 in the conference and are the first team to win consecutive A-Sun regular season titles in the conference since going to a one-division format in 1999.