After taking a 10-5 win over the Lipscomb Bisons earlier in the day, the Florida Gulf Coast University baseball team couldn’t hold on to its momentum and dropped the tie-breaker game against Lipscomb, 11-4.
“I told them all after the game that out of all the championships I’ve won at any level during my career, this one is the most special,” head coach Dave Tollett said in a previous statement about the Eagles’ 2014 A-Sun Regular Season Championship. “We were not expected to do the things that we did this season. No one thought after losing seven guys to the draft that this team could go as far as it did and win a conference championship. They were a very unique bunch. They improved more than any team I’ve ever had. I’m extremely proud of every single one of them and a loss here today can’t take away all that they accomplished as a group.”
The Eagles started the game keeping the trend of putting up the first runs of the game thanks to a hit ground out from Colton Bottomley to bring home Jake Noll in the first, but the Eagles couldn’t keep the lead. The Bisons responded in the bottom of the second with five runs, three from Drew Adams’ double to left field.
The Eagles finally cut the Bisons’ lead down to two in the top of fourth inning. A fly out to left field from FGCU catcher Blake Berger and a single from Gage Morey brought in two more runs to cut the deficit to a 5-3 game.
An ugly fifth inning for the Eagles would result in four more runs for Lipscomb, three of which, were unearned, to secure a 9-3 lead. Lipscomb maintained that advantage and added one more tally in the eighth inning off Zack Tillery, who had moved to the mound from third base in the fifth.
The Green and Blue got another run back from the Bisons in the bottom of the eighth, cutting the deficit to 9-4.
It didn’t take long for Lipscomb to answer promptly when the Bisons plated the final tally of the game in the top of the ninth. The Eagles were unable to get more runs on the board during the bottom of the inning, resulting in the 11-4 loss.
The Atlantic Sun Championship game is Sunday May 25 at 1 p.m. between Lipscomb and Kennesaw State University.
Like Tollett said, the Eagles baseball team wasn’t expected to get as far as they did this season. They have the support of the fans, forever. They won’t be heading to the national tournament this year, but remain number one in the hearts of Eagles’ fans.