FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU baseball team completed the three-game sweep over ETSU to remain in first place in the Atlantic Sun Conference as they defeated the Bucs, 15-8, on Sunday afternoon at Swanson Stadium.
With the win, the Eagles move to 31-16 on the year and 20-4 in A-Sun play and ETSU’s record moves to 27-21 overall and 14-10 against A-Sun competition. FGCU’s magic number to win the A-Sun Regular Season Championship is one (one more FGCU win OR a loss by UNF).
Senior Pete Woodworth (St. Petersburg, Fla.) earned the win for FGCU. The righty (7-1) threw six complete innings, allowed two runs on seven hits, while striking out six.
Bo Reeder received the loss for ETSU. Reeder (3-4) gave up 11 runs (six earned) on 11 hits in 4.2 innings of work.
The Eagles exploded for six runs in the bottom of the first to jump out to a commanding 6-0 lead. FGCU scored their six runs on five hits (four singles and one double). Zach Maxfield (North Port, Fla.) doubled, while Stephen Wickens (Whitby, Ontario), Mikel Alvarez (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Josh Chester (Weston, Fla.), and Austin Gaines (Dunedin, Fla.) all singled in the frame.
The Blue and Green added a run in the second (7-0) off of a Tim Roberson (West Palm Beach, Fla.) sacrifice fly that scored Alvarez, who reached after smacking a triple to center field. The Eagles also brought in another run in the third (8-0) off an RBI triple from Wickens.
The Bucs would finally find a way to put an end to the shutout by scoring runs in the visitor’s half of the fourth and fifth innings (8-2).
The Eagles would put up a trio of runs in the bottom of the fifth. With runners on second and third, Wickens stepped in the box and knocked an RBI singled to center field (9-2). After Alvarez flied out, Roberson singled to left field to score Gaines and Wickens (11-2).
Both teams were able to push runs across the plate in the seventh frame (ETSU 2; FGCU 4), to push the FGCU advantage to 11-runs (15-4).
ETSU added a run in the top of the eighth (15-5) and three in the top of the ninth (15-8), but were unable to produce anymore offense as the Eagles picked up their 20th conference victory of the season.
For the game, the Eagles got 15 runs on 16 hits. Roberson led the Eagles with three RBI, while Wickens, Alvarez, and Maxfield all racked up three hits on the day.
The Eagles will be back in action on Tuesday, May 11th for a mid-week matchup with the FAU Owls in Boca Raton, Fla. The Blue and Green will then hit the field for game one of a three-game weekend series with the Dolphins of Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla., beginning May 14 at 7 p.m.