Miami Uses Extra Innings to Push Past @FGCU_Baseball
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 | by Matt Moretti III (@Moretts13)
Photo Courtesy: Linwood Ferguson
Photo Courtesy: Linwood Ferguson
Miami Hurricanes (12-10)
FGCU (13-8)
3/19/2014 | Fort Myers, Fla. | Attendance: 2136
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Win: Bryan Garcia (2-1) 3.030013
Loss: ANDERSON (1-1) 1.233111
Tyler Palmer (UM) 412210
Zack Collins (UM) 402000
Johnny Ruiz (UM) 212010
MOREY (FGCU) 503000


 ­­– The FGCU baseball team (13-8) saw its seven-game win streak come to an end in extra innings on Wednesday night at Hammond Stadium when the Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes (12-10) put up three runs in the top of the 10th after shutting down the Eagles in the bottom of the ninth with runners in scoring position.

Zack Tillery (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier HS) took the mound, making his third start of the season after missing his scheduled start this past Sunday due to illness. In his last start opposite the Manhattan Jaspers, Tillery took a no-hitter into the seventh before coming away with the victory. After quick first and second innings, the Naples, Fla. native struggled in the third, giving up two runs after walking two batters in the inning. Tillery left after 4.0 innings pitched having allowed four hits, two runs, walking three and striking out none.

Brady Anderson (Arcadia, Fla./DeSoto HS) was shaky for a second outing in a row and ended up taking the loss in this one. After working a scoreless ninth, Anderson came back out to pitch the 10th and gave up what would prove to be the game-winning run. The sophomore has now allowed runs in back-to-back outings for the first time this season.

Gage Morey (West Palm Beach, Fla./PB Central) picked up three more hits while Andrew Valencia (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) drove in both runs to bring his season RBI total to 10. Michael Suchy (Bradenton, Fla./Southeast HS) added two more hits to his tally as well, scored once a stole a base.

“We didn’t get the big hit when the time came,” head coach Dave Tollett added. “We pitched well enough to win and the offense left too many runners on in scoring position in big situations. That’s something we need to address heading into conference play.”

After Tillery worked a clean first two innings, Suchy led off the bottom half of the second with a double down the right field line. With one out Valencia doubled to right as well scoring Suchy from second to put FGCU on the board first but that was all the Eagles would get in the second.

Tillery picked up a groundout to start the third but struggled from there. Back-to-back walks would put runners on first and second for Dale Carey who grounded out to shortstop but advanced the runners to second and third. Tyler Palmer then singled to left scoring the runners from second and third giving Miami a 2-1 lead.

Sterling Koerner (Fort Pierce, Fla./John Carrol HS) replaced Tillery in the fifth and delivered another stellar outing out of the pen. He tossed 3.1 innings, scoreless, giving up just two hits, walking none and striking out three.

In the bottom half of the seventh it was Tyler Selesky (Estero, Fla./Estero HS) getting hit by a pitch with one out to start things off. Adam Eggnatz (Tampa, Fla./Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate HS) comes in to pinch run and proceeded to steal second. Valencia then singled through the right side to drive in Eggnatz from second for his second RBI of the game and tying the score 2-2.

The Eagles kept the Hurricanes at bay in the eighth spoiled Morey who singled, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch to leave the score at 2-2 through eight.

Anderson came on to pitch the ninth and allowed a runner to reach third before fanning Brad Zunica to give the Green and Blue a chance to walk-off in the bottom of the ninth for a second-straight game.

Suchy led off the ninth with a hard hit ball to the left side that the Miami third basemen made a diving stop on. Suchy out-ran the throw to earn a single and represent the winning run. Eggnatz flew out to center for first out of the inning and Valencia followed suit, flying out to right. Suchy stole second base on the first pitch to Ryan O’Malley (San Jose, Ca./College of San Mateo) who then proceeded to reach first on a walk. Alex Diaz (Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson) would strike out swinging to end the Eagles chances to win in the ninth and push this one into extras, the first free baseball of the FGCU season.

Miami would tack on three runs in the top half of the 10th and shut down FGCU in the bottom half to close out the 5-2 victory.

Wednesday night served as the first of three games this season between Miami and FGCU and the first of two games at Hammond Stadium for the Green and Blue. They will return to the home of the Miracle and Spring Training home of the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday Apr. 15 against the Florida Gators.

FGCU begins Atlantic Sun play this weekend at USC-Upstate (9-13, 1-2 A-Sun) and will follow that up with a trip to Coral Gables, Fla. next Wednesday for a rematch with the Hurricanes.