(23-12, 9-2 A-Sun)
(11-23, 5-9 A-Sun)
4/12/2014 | Jacksonville, Fla. | Attendance: 133
BOX SCORE (PDF)
WP | Nick Deckert (5-2): 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO
LP | Josh Baker (3-2): 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO
SV | Zack Tillery (2): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The FGCU baseball team (24-12, 9-2 Atlantic Sun) used offense on Friday to take down Jacksonville (11-23, 5-9 A-Sun) but used pitching on Saturday to claim a 3-2 victory and secure a series win for the sixth-straight weekend.
FGCU starter Nick Deckert (Tallahassee, Fla./Tallahassee CC) tallied 5.2 innings, gave up seven hits, struck out three and allowed just two runs to earn his fifth victory of season against just two losses. Deckert’s era is now 2.87, which would have been ranked fifth in the A-Sun entering the weekend. His 53 strikeouts rank second in the league behind teammate Mike Murray (West Palm Beach, Fla./Forrest Hill HS) with 59. Brady Anderson (Arcadia, Fla./DeSoto HS) tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless relief, striking out two to set the table for Zack Tillery (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier HS) who worked a clean ninth to earn his second save of the season.
Jake Noll (Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte HS) went 4-5 at the plate as the only Eagle starter to pick up multiple hits on Saturday afternoon, his 19th multi-hit game this season. Tillery, Nick Rivera (Cape Coral, Fla./Bishop Verot HS) and Kevin Young (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Ponte Vedra Beach HS) each drove in one run to account for FGCU’s run total.
“Our pitching put together a clean effort for us,” head coach Dave Tollett added. “We came up with the timely hitting we needed and came away with an important win.”
The game remained scoreless entering the third when Noll doubled down the left field line with one out. Suchy reached on a fielder’s choice with two out and Tillery singled to bring in the first run of the ball game. The Eagles would strand two in the third however, turning things back over to Deckert in the bottom half.
FGCU’s lefty would keep the Dolphins at bay in the third but in the bottom of the fourth after the Eagles stranded two more runners in the top half, JU rallied with two outs to put a run on the board but no more as Deckert would work out of further trouble to maintain the tie.
In the top half of the fifth, Colton Bottomley (Davie, Fla./Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS) doubled to lead things off and advanced to third on a Suchy groundout. Tillery grounded out as well for the second out but Rivera followed with a single to bring in Bottomley and give FGCU the lead back. The Eagles were on done there however as the two-out rally continued when Young ripped a double to left center, bringing Rivera around to score and push the lead up to 3-1.
Deckert worked a clean fifth but gave up a leadoff double to start the bottom of the sixth. A sacrifice bunt and a groundout brought in the runner to make it 3-2. JU would follow with a two-out single and steal second followed by a walk to force Deckert out of the game in favor of Anderson. A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position but Anderson promptly forced a ground ball to end the inning and keep the Dolphins from adding anything further.
The Arcardia, Fla. native tossed a perfect seventh and struck out two in the eighth to maintain the 3-2 advantage and stem the gap to Tillery who came on to close the game out in the ninth. Tillery would give up a pinch-hit, one out double to put the tying run in scoring position but that would be as close as the Dolphins would come as a strikeout and ground out ended the ball game with a 3-2 score in favor of FGCU.
Bottomley posted a 1-5 effort today to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, the second longest hit streak for the Eagles this season and the longest active one by far, jumping his batting average to an A-Sun leading .453. Earlier this season Noll posted a 12-game streak. Despite just a four-game hit streak, Tillery now has an 11-game streak of games in which he has reach base successfully.
The Eagles will return to the field to complete their series with Jacksonville tomorrow at 1 p.m. with Jack English (Delray Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman HS) set to take the mound. A win would match the best start to A-Sun play in program history. The 2008 team started 10-2 and ultimately went on to an 18-2 start.
Following the series with Jacksonville, the Green and Blue will return to Hammond Stadium on Tuesday (Apr. 15) for a 6:30 p.m. date with No. 13 Florida. The Eagles split their early season two-game set with the Gators, the victory serving as head coach Dave Tollet’s 400th victory at FGCU. Tickets for the game at Hammond Stadium are on sale now through the FGCU Ticket Office.
All media and photographer credential requests for the game at Hammond Stadium should be directed to Matt Moretti III (firstname.lastname@example.org). Credentials will be available for pick up at the FGCU ticket tables at Hammond Stadium on the day of the game.
ATLANTIC SUN CHAMPIONSHIP
For the first time in program history, the FGCU baseball team will play host to the 2014 Atlantic Sun Baseball Championship set to take place May 21-25 at Swanson Stadium. The top eight teams in the standings at the end of the regular season will advance to the championship and compete in a double-elimination style tournament to determine the A-Sun’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles are three-time A-Sun Regular Season Champions and finished second in the league last season.
Single-game tickets for FGCU Baseball are available at a cost of $6 for adults and $3 for children. Season tickets and tickets to the 2014 Atlantic Sun Championship are also available. For more information and additional deals, visit FGCUathletics.com/tickets, or call the ticket office at 239-590-7145.