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Miami ends FGCU’s winning streak, 5-1

May 17, 2017
Special to The Breeze ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

After scoring 64 runs on 84 hits during its six-game win streak, the FGCU bats were quieted in a 5-1 independent defeat to Miami Tuesday night at Mark Light Field.

The Eagles, now 34-17 on the season, hit the ball hard on multiple occasions but came up with only three hits as Miami's defense robbed FGCU of extra bases to start three innings in the game.

Both starting pitchers factored into the decision. FGCU's Peyton Gray (3-3, 4.94) suffered the loss after allowing four earned runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts in 5.0 innings of work. Opposite Gray, Miami's Evan McKendry pitched 7.0 scoreless innings and allowed only two hits with two walks and a career high 10 strikeouts en route to earning the win.

With two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the third, Gray, who escaped a jam the inning prior, issued a two-out walk and allowed a single before hitting Hunter Tackett with an 0-2 pitch to load the bases. Edgar Michelangeli then cleared the bases with a double to right-center field to give Miami an early 3-0 lead.

The Hurricanes, 26-26, extended its lead in its next at-bat as leadoff man Carl Chester hit a solo home run with one out in the bottom of the fourth.

Right handed reliever Parker Hamilton entered the game in the sixth and gave up an unearned run. With runners on first and second and one out, Chester grounded into a potential inning-ending double play, but the throw from Jake Smith skipped into the Miami dugout and allowed Joe Gomez to score from second and make it a 5-0 ballgame.

The Green and Blue got on the scoreboard in the top of the eighth inning when Julio Gonzalez hit a one-out single up the middle, advanced to third on a throwing error and came in to score on Nick Rivera's 205th career RBI - moving the redshirt senior slugger in sole possession of seventh place on the ASUN's all-time RBI list.

However, it was too little, too late for FGCU, who dropped its first contest in three meetings with the Hurricanes this season.

Hamilton pitched 3.0 innings in relief and allowed the one unearned run on three hits with two strikeouts. Gonzalez, Spencer Levine and Smith accounted for the Eagles' three hits.

Eagles 9, Bisons 6 (Game 1) and Eagles 14, Bisons 7 (Game 2): Needing a pair of wins to guarantee itself a spot in the ASUN Baseball Championship at the end of the month, FGCU (34-16, 10-8 ASUN) got just that as the Green and Blue capped off a sweep of Lipscomb with two wins Saturday afternoon and evening at Swanson Stadium.

The Eagles defeated the Bisons, 9-6, in game one before turning around a couple hours later and capping off the night with a 14-7 win.

FGCU (34-16 and 10-8 in the ASUN) joins Jacksonville, UNF and Stetson as teams to clinch their spots in the conference tournament with two more spots still up for grabs. Currently in fourth place, the Eagles could find themselves as high as the No. 2 seed depending on how things shape up in the regular season finales next weekend.

The Green and Blue not only extends its win streak to six games for the third time this season, but has also emerged victorious in six straight games against the Bisons dating back to last season. Additionally, it was FGCU's first weekend sweep against Lipscomb since 2011.

The Bisons fell to 26-23 with the loses and 8-10 in the ASUN.


FGCU faces a quick turnaround before heading to Kennesaw State for the last series of the regular season this weekend. Game one is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. and will be followed by game two Friday at 6 p.m. and the regular season finale Saturday at 1 p.m.



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