FORT MYERS, Fla. – Miami sophomore lefty Steven Ewing tossed seven strong innings and was backed up by eight runs over the first four innings, as the FGCU baseball team dropped an 8-1 mid-week game against the Hurricanes in front of 2,744 fans at Hammond Stadium on Wednesday.
With six days off from game action ahead, FGCU falls to 15-16 on the season. The Eagles, who have played five straight weekends with an A-Sun series, are idle this weekend from league action. The win is the fourth in a row for Miami who improves to 18-11.
The win was the second in as many weeks for Ewing against the Eagles, as he improved to 4-1 on the season. Ewing struck out eight and gave up a first inning run before tossing six straight scoreless frames to close his outing.
FGCU began the game strong with a scoreless inning from starter Jason Forjet (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Nova HS) before senior Mikel Alvarez (West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Central HS) began the bottom the frame with a triple to right center field. Senior Tim Roberson’s (West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Central HS) sacrifice fly to deep right field brought home Alvarez to give the Eagles and 1-0 lead. The RBI was the 141st of Roberson’s career, FGCU’s all-time leader.
The Hurricanes got to Forjet over the next three innings, plating four runs off the right-hander before he exited the game with one out in the top of the third. Freshman Harrison Cooney (Vero Beach, Fla./Vero Beach HS) didn’t fare much better, allowing four runs over his inning on the mound. The final result was an 8-1 lead for Miami through the fourth.
With a seven-run lead, Ewing settled down to retire 11 straight batters from the second inning through part of the fifth. Again, it was Alvarez supplying the hit that broke Ewing’s streak, a double down the left field line that gave the second baseman his 85th career multi-hit game.
After getting FGCU out of a bases loaded jam in the fourth, senior Austin Gaines (Dunedin, Fla./Northeast HS/South Florida CC) finished the game on the mound for the Eagles with 5.2 scoreless innings. Gaines gave up just one hit over his 17 outs, striking out four while retiring a string of 13 batters in a row at one point.
The Eagles couldn’t capitalize off of Gaines’ dominance on the mound, though, going the final eight innings without a run and just two hits.
Alvarez had two of FGCU’s four hits, while senior Zach Maxfield (North Port, Fla./North Port HS/Pasco-Hernando CC) had the other two on a pair of singles.
FGCU will be back in action on Tuesday, April 12 when it hosts Bethune-Cookman at Swanson Stadium. The game is the start of a two-game series between the two clubs which will conclude on Wednesday, April 13. Both games have a first pitch slated for 6:30 p.m.