CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Five different Miami pitchers limited the FGCU baseball team to just three hits, as the No. 29 Hurricane used five unanswered runs to erase a 2-0 deficit and come away with a 5-2 victory Wednesday night in front of a crowd of 2,516 at Alex Rodriguez Park.
All three of FGCU’s hits came in the second and third innings, as the Eagles entered the contest with three straight games of at least 10 hits. Both runs and all three hits came off Miami starter A.J. Salcines, who went four innings.
Salcines gave way to the Miami bullpen that used four pitchers to no-hit the Eagles the final six innings and send the Hurricane (14-8) to their ninth straight win. The loss snaps a four-game win streak for FGCU who falls to 12-10 heading into its fourth weekend of Atlantic Sun action.
The Eagles jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third on a two-run double by Tim Roberson (West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Central HS) that extended the senior’s hit streak to nine games. Senior Stephen Wickens (Whitby, Ontario/Sinclair Secondary) and classmate Mikel Alvarez (West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Central HS) came around to score on Roberson’s sixth two-bagger of the season after getting on base with a single and walk, respectively.
Starter Kevin Bryant (Homestead, Fla./South Dade HS) tossed three scoreless innings to open the game, but was relieved with two outs in the fourth after giving up a run and the Blue and Green leading 2-1.
Senior Austin Gaines (Dunedin, Fla./Northeast HS/South Florida CC) relieved Bryant in the fourth to get the last out and worked a scoreless fifth. Walks plagued Gaines in the sixth, though, as three free trips led to two earned runs and Miami’s first lead of the game, at 3-2.
The Hurricane tacked on two more unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth for the final 5-2 outcome.
Sophomore R.J. Brown (Brandon, Fla./Bloomingdale HS) also saw time out of the pen for the Eagles, tossing 1.1 scoreless that featured no hits. The two runs in the bottom of the eighth came off junior Jacob Barnes (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg HS).
Miami came away with just six hits off the four different FGCU pitchers, but were aided by five walks. The Hurricane also overcame four errors.
FGCU will be back in action this weekend with a three-game Atlantic Sun series against USC Upstate at Swanson Stadium. Game one of the weekend set will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 25. The two teams will then commence for a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.