Eagles pound out 24 hits in doubleheader sweep
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Led by an offensive attack that scored a combined 20 runs off 24 hits, the FGCU baseball team completed a weekend Atlantic Sun series sweep of Campbell on Saturday at Swanson Stadium by taking both games of a doubleheader.
The Eagles took the opener, 10-5, on the strength of an eight-run second inning and the nightcap by a convincing 10-2 margin. Senior Jack Wagoner (Berlin, Conn./Northwest Catholic/St. Petersburg) tossed seven strong innings in the game two win, giving up just one earned run while striking out six.
The season sweep marks the fourth year in a row that the Eagles have taken all three games against the Camels, improving to a perfect 12-0 in the series. FGCU’s record now stands at 11-9 overall and 6-3 in the A-Sun where they have won four straight.
FGCU’s 10 runs in both games matched a season-high, as it finished with double figure hits in both contests. Senior Tim Roberson (West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Central HS), junior Javi Sujo (Miami, Fla./Miami Sunset HS/Middle Georgia College) and freshman Sean Dwyer (Leesburg, Fla./Tavares HS) each had two multi-hit games on the day, as they manned spots 4-6 in the lineup and went a combined 12-for-23 with 10 runs scored.
Roberson’s 4-for-8 afternoon saw him pick up his 200th career hit to become the third active Eagle to achieve the feat. Batting for the second time in the eight-run second inning of game one, Roberson drilled a three-run home run over the left field wall for his 200th hit and 37th career round-tripper.
Sujo, who has a hit in all seven A-Sun games he’s played in, went 4-for-7 with three runs scored, two doubles and two RBI. Three of Dwyer’s four hits on the day came in the extra-base variety, as the freshman ripped two doubles and his first career triple while driving in three runs.
In the opener, FGCU took control from the start by scoring eight runs in the bottom of the second. For the second day in a row, freshman Brandon Bednar (Stuart, Fla./South Fork HS) worked a bases loaded walk, followed by a two-run double by senior Stephen Wickens (Whitby, Ontario/Sinclair Secondary) and an RBI single by senior Zach Maxfield (North Port, Fla./North Port HS/Pasco-Hernando CC). Roberson capped FGCU’s biggest inning of the season with the three-run shot.
Junior Jacob Barnes (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg HS) earned the start on the mound, tossing 4.1 innings before running into trouble in the fifth. Barnes has 33 strikeouts through 21.2 innings this season and saw his 15-inning scoreless streak come to an end.
Sophomore R.J. Brown (Brandon, Fla./Bloomingdale HS) took over with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth and proceeded to strikeout two straight to get out of the jam. It was just the start of a solid 4.2 innings from the left-hander, who got the win. Brown retired the first seven batters he faced and allowed just two base runners while striking out five.
FGCU got off to another fast start in the nightcap, taking a 9-1 lead by the end of the fourth inning. Behind three straight hits to open the game, the Eagles plated three runs in their first at-bat to take a 3-0 lead. Dwyer’s two-run triple down the right field line keyed the inning, while Maxfield delivered the first of his three hits in the game to drive home the other run.
Leading 3-1 in the third, FGCU tacked on four more in the bottom half of the inning. Again, the opening three batters reached base to start the charge. Dwyer was in the middle of the big inning, again, this time with an RBI double. Sujo followed with a two-run double in the very next at-bat to widen the lead to 6-1.
With a big lead in hand, Wagoner cruised to his second win of the season (2-1). Wagoner scattered five hits over his seven innings, giving up just one earned run. The Eagles are now 4-1 this season when Wagoner starts, including 3-0 in the A-Sun.
FGCU will be back in action at Swanson Stadium on Tuesday, March 22 when it plays host to BIG EAST foe USF. The meeting will be the second of the season between the two teams. The Eagles were victorious in Tampa, 3-2, on March 8. First pitch on Tuesday is set for 6:30 p.m.