Feb. 27, 2010
FORT MEYERS, FL - Austin Gaines banged out three hits including a solo homer, while Richie Erath pitched five no-hit innings to help the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles defeat visiting Sacred Heart, 7-4, on Saturday in the opening game of a doubleheader. The game had a 4 1/2 hour rain delay after the fifth inning.
Gaines got the Eagles on the board when he homered off SHU starter Chris Zaccherio to lead off the second inning. They scored two in the fourth thanks to a Pioneer error with two outs, and then a two-run single by DH Kurtis Mullaney.
FGC made it 4-0 in the fifth just before the rain on an RBI single by Zach Mayfield.
After the rain delay, Gulf Coast scored a pair of runs off reliever Bobby Shepherd (Groton, CT) to take a 6-0 lead. Steven Wickens drove in one run with a single. The other scored on a passed ball.
Craig Crumbley came out of the bullpen for the Eagles and kept the Pioneers hitless until the seventh when freshman Dave Boisture (Highland Mills, NY) singled up the middle with two outs.
The Pioneers exploded for four runs in the top of the ninth and even brought the tying run to the plate with two outs. Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo, CA) led off the frame with a walk and went to third on a single by Jeff Heppner. Mike Olszyk drove home Tedesco with a single up the middle and Boisture plated Heppner with a single to right.
After JJ Edwards grounded into a double play back to the mound, Hunter Phillips kept the inning alive with a single that scored Olszyk. After a Rocco Gondek single, MJ Schifano drove home the fourth run of the inning with a single. With the tying run coming to the plate, RJ Brown came on in relief for the Eagles and got Mike Drowne looking to end the game.