FORT MYERS, Fla. – After a back-and-forth game early, the FGCU baseball team pulled away with five runs in the sixth to defeat Stetson, 9-4, Friday evening a Swanson Stadium. The Eagles improve to 24-14 and 9-7 in ASUN play while the Hatters fall to 18-19 and 5-11 in league play.
“We had quality at-bats up and down the lineup,” said head coach Dave Tollett. “Farrow got back on track tonight with four hits and Sartori was a real spark plug at the bottom of the order. Jason Woodward had a gutsy performance on the mound and then Tipton came in and did a nice job.”
sophomore Ian Farrow (Merritt Island, Fla./Merritt Island HS) and graduate student Logan Sartori (Lincoln, Neb./Lincoln Southwest HS/Texas A&M/Hutchinson CC) each had four hits in the game which included the first home run of the season for Sartori. Seven different Eagles drove in runs in the game.
sophomore Jason Woodward (Titusville, Fla./Titusville HS) threw 6.2 innings while striking out three and giving up four runs, only three of which were earned. senior Gus Carter (Melbourne, Fla./Eau Gallie HS/Florida Southwestern State) came in for one big out before junior Tyler Tipton (Tampa, Fla./Gaither HS/South Florida State) finished the game with three strikeouts in two hitless innings.
The first three batters of the game reached base for the Eagles as they jumped out to an early lead. Farrow and junior Joe Kinker (North Port, Fla./Venice HS) each doubled in a run before junior Alejandro Rodriguez (Cidra, Puerto Rico/Montverde Academy/Eastern Florida State) made it 3-0 with a groundout.
Stetson came back to tie the game, scoring a run in the second, third, and fourth innings, but Sartori put the Eagles back on top with a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth.
After the Hatters tied the game back up in the fifth, FGCU took the lead and pulled away in the sixth with five runs. Farrow doubled in a run to give the Eagles the lead before junior Alejandro Figueredo (Sucre, Venezuela/West Oaks HS/Seminole State) knocked in two more with a single. A bases-loaded walk to freshman Harrison Povey (Indian Rocks Beach, Fla./Largo HS) and a run-scoring groundout from junior Stephen Wilmer (Sarasota, Fla./Riverview HS/Pasco-Hernando State/ECU) capped the five-run outburst.
The five-run lead was more than enough as the Hatters managed just two walks in the final three innings.
The two teams will return to the field tomorrow for game two. First pitch from Swanson Stadium is set for 2 pm
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FGCU coach Dave Tollett currently owns a 660-399-3 overall record (.623) and a 219-122 (.647) record in the ASUN. He is the only head coach in the program’s history and led the program to its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2017. He is a five-time ASUN Coach of the Year and has guided the Green and Blue to five ASUN Regular Season Championships and one ASUN Tournament Championship. His team has been ranked nationally on several occasions, including as high as No. 9 in the country in 2017, and has coached 58 all-conference selections, 33 draft picks, three current major leaguers, 13 current minor leaguers, four ASUN Pitchers of the Year, four All-Americans, three ASUN Players of the Year, one National Freshman Player of the Year, one National Player of the Year and one seven-time MLB All-Star.
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