(23-13, 9-3 A-Sun)
(12-23, 6-9 A-Sun)
4/13/2014 | Jaksonville, Fla. | Attendance: 156
BOX SCORE (PDF)
WP | Justin Russell (4-2): 9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO
LP | Jack English (2-2): 7.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The FGCU baseball team (24-13, 9-3 Atlantic Sun) found themselves locked in a pitcher’s duel on Sunday afternoon as Jack English tossed a career-high 7.1 innings but ultimately came away with a loss, 1-0 at the hands of Justin Russell and Jacksonville (12-23, 6-9 A-Sun).
English (Delray Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman HS) had arguably the best outing of his career, tossing 7.1 innings of shutout ball, striking out three and giving up six hits before a runner he was responsible for came around to score in the eighth. Jacksonville’s Justin Russell matched English pitch-for-pitch in this one, taking a perfect game into the eighth before ultimately limiting the Eagles to three hits in a complete game effort.
Nick Rivera (Cape Coral, Fla./Bishop Verot HS) picked up the hit that broke up the perfect game in the eighth, finishing 1-3. Colton Bottomley (Davie, Fla./Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS) saw his 11-game hit streak come to an end with an 0-4 effort while Zack Tillery (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier HS) also had his streak of 11 consecutive games reaching base ended as well.
“We needed to come up with that extra hit late and never found it,” said head coach Dave Tollett. “Jack put together a great outing and it was a shame we weren’t able to capitalize on it for him. Picking up a sweep is important in this league and this is the second-straight weekend we had a chance and couldn’t get it done.”
English allowed two hits in the second to the Dolphins and they didn’t advance a runner past second base until the sixth inning but even then the Delray Beach native was able to work out of trouble to keep the shutout intact. It would take a leadoff double in the eighth, a sacrifice bunt and a walk to force English out the game in favor of freshman Garrett Anderson (Arcadia, Fla./DeSoto HS). A wild pitch allowed the runner to score from third and after walking the only batter he faced, Anderson left the game in favor of Sterling Koerner (Fort Pierce, Fla./John Carrol HS) who escaped further damage.
Rivera broke up the perfect game in the eighth but nothing came of it. In the ninth, Gage Morey (West Palm Beach, Fla./PB Central) tripled to lead off the frame for the Green and Blue but with Alex Diaz (Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson) at the plate a ball got away from the JU catcher giving Morey a chance to score. The ball took a JU bounce off the back-stop however allowing the catcher to get the ball to Russell covering home who applied the tag on Morey for the first out. Diaz followed with a single but a fly-out and a groundout ended the FGCU chances of a comeback.
The Eagles now return home for a date with No. 13 Florida (22-13, 8-6 SEC) at Hammond Stadium on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. FGCU will return to Swanson Stadium on Thursday, Apr. 17 for a three-game set with North Florida (15-21, 6-9 A-Sun) who was picked to finish second in the league during the preseason voting.
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.