2/22/2014 | Daytona Beach, Fla. | Attendance: 0
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WP | John Sever (1-0): 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO
LP | Nick Deckert (1-1): 6.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO
SAVE | Montana Durapau (1): 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Trailing 3-0 heading into the seventh inning, the FGCU baseball team (4-3) picked up two runs over the final three innings and had the tying run in scoring position in the ninth but were unable to capitalize as Bethune-Cookman (2-4) closed the door to hand the Eagles their third loss of the season.
Nick Deckert (Tallahassee, Fla./Tallahassee CC) took the ball for the Green and Blue on Saturday afternoon and gave up his first earned run of the season in the second before surrendering two more as a result of an error in the fifth. Deckert struck out four before turning the ball over the freshman Garrett Anderson (Arcadia, Fla./DeSoto HS) who nailed down the final five outs for FGCU in this one.
“Garrett came in and really stabilized things for us,” head coach Dave Tollett surmised. “We struggled with the bats again and just couldn’t come up with that extra one to tie it up. Hoffner has really made the most of his opportunities; he hit the ball hard today.”
The Eagles struggled at the plate early in this one, collecting just two hits over the first six innings before piling on six more over the final three frames as they attempted to mount a comeback. Making his second-straight start in left, Cody Hoffner (Sebring, Fla./Sebring HS/Broward College) hammered out a career best three hits, driving in one and picking up his first stolen base of the season. Andrew Valencia (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) was the only other Eagle to register multiple hits, going 2-4 with one RBI.
Following a quick first inning and a four-batter, top half of the second for FGCU, B-CU came to bat in the bottom half and would add the first score of the game. Deckert struck out the leadoff man but gave up a double down the left field line to the next batter. An errant bunt attempt would create the second out for B-CU without advancing the runner but a single through the right side from the next Wildcat bat would drive home the first run of the ball game. Deckert would work his way out of the second without further damage, allowing just the one run on three hits.
The two pitchers began their duel once again allowing just one hit combined in the third and fourth innings but in the fifth B-CU would add to their tally. The rally, for the second time, came with two outs. Josh Johnson singled to center and a Ryan O’Malley (San Jose, Ca./College of San Mateo) error allowed the next batter to reach as well. Another hit and a pair of stolen bases from Eros Modena would bring home two scores to extend the B-CU lead to 3-0 through five.
The Eagles began their climb back in the seventh when Nick Rivera (Cape Coral, Fla./Bishop Verot HS) started things off with a double down the left field line. A ground out would move Rivera to third and a Valencia single brought home the score. That would be all the Eagles would get with just six outs left to try and even the game.
The Wildcats would pick up two more hits off Deckert in the seventh, forcing him out of the game and bringing Anderson in. The freshman avoided further damage to keep Eagles afloat with two innings to play.
FGCU failed to pick up a run in the eighth and facing the B-CU closer in the ninth, threatened to extend this one. With one down, Kevin Young (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Ponte Vedra Beach HS) singled up the middle and advanced to second when Valencia singled through the left side. Hoffner came to the plate and singled for his third hit of the game to bring home Young and put the tying run (Valencia) on second with one out but back-to-back strikeouts would doom the Eagles as Bethune-Cookman escaped with the 3-2 victory.
Alex Diaz (Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson) saw his six-game hitting streak come to an end on Saturday after while Young extended his team-long streak to three.
The Eagles will close out their series with B-CU at 11 a.m. tomorrow morning. Brad Labozzetta (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland HS) will toe the rubber for the second time this season looking to reverse the 6.00 ERA he posted in three innings of work against Rhode Island last Sunday.
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