FORT MYERS, Fla. – Despite getting a great start from senior Mason stationary (Titusville, Fla./Rockledge HS / Miami / Eastern Florida State), the FGCU baseball team (3-2) lost Friday game to Kansas (3-1), 5-3, at Swanson Stadium. The competition started the four-game series that the teams will play over the weekend, and marks the first time the Eagles have hosted a Big 12 opponent.
Studstill threw its second quality start in so many appearances this season, and ended the evening with 6.1 IP, six hits, three earned races and five strikes.
Before the game, Director of Athletics Ken kavanagh and head coach Dave tollett formerly acclaimed Eagles Chris & Brianne Sale for their generous $ 1 million gift, which resulted in the installation of the brand new Daktronics video table in the right midfield. The ceremony celebrated both the seven-time MLB All Stars FGCU and professional careers.
“Tonight was war,” Tollett said so. “Friday nights are always there. I thought Mason was very good and he had some quality places. He came from a short rest, only six days, but I think he prepared well. His preparations were as good as any he has had in his career here “So I’m very happy with that. I thought he hit well enough to win.”
Both teams came to the table quite early in the match, despite strong starts from each side’s jar. Kansas marked a race at the top of the first, but the visiting team failed to maintain the advantage as long as the second year. Joe nods (North Port, Fla./Venice HS) came over in second and crushed things to 1-1.
The next time they hit, the Eagles were able to take the lead thanks to a home run from the ball to the freshman Jacob Lojewski (West Palm Beach, Fla./American Heritage Delray). The shot, which was the first in his freshman year, put the Eagles on top 2-1.
For the next three innings, Studstill kept Jayhawks’ offense in check, allowing only one base runner during the race. FGCU had some good goal chances, especially at the bottom of the sixth then senior Marc Coffers’ (Napoli, Fla./Barron Collier HS) twice put runners on second and third, but the team failed to capitalize.
After struggling against Studstill, Kansas put up the bases on top of the seventh and ended the starting arm day. Senior handed the ball to the novice Chase Chatman (Cape Coral, Fla./Island Coast HS), which allowed two of the inherited runners to score. Although the Eagles tried to minimize the damage and made a new pitching change, this time chose junior Joey mugavero (Estero, Fla./Estero HS / Florida Southwestern State) The Jayhawks finally finished the frame with a three-spot and took a 4-2 lead. It was the only time Mugavero appeared in, as a senior Hunter mcgarry (Bradenton, Fla./Bradenton Christian School / State College of Florida-Manatee) took over the mound in the next frame.
FGCU had its best chance of a rally at the bottom of the eighth when the team managed to load the bases with zero outs on the board. Senior Richie garcia (Davie, Fla./West Broward HS) led the round with a walk and was quickly advanced by Kinkers double. Coffers became the third eagle to reach when he drew the second time on the frame. While Garcia was able to get on a wild track, the lineup failed to place the other two runners.
Kansas went on a final insurance run at the top of the ninth, increasing the team to the final 5-3 margin. Although the team threatened to widen the edge further, McGarry responded with a strike to end the frame. In their half of the inning, the Eagles managed to get a runner on, but got nothing else going. Chatman (0-1) was marked with the loss, his first of the season.
The teams will meet at 6 pm tomorrow at Swanson Stadium for game two of the weekend series. For more information on the pink out game, click HERE.
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