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Hurricanes halt Eagles’ win streak

March 21, 2014
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

FGCU saw its seven-game win streak come to an end in Wednesday night when the Miami Hurricanes scored three runs in the top of the 10th inning to claim a 5-2 victory over the Eagles at Hammond Stadium.

The Hurricanes (12-10) shut down the Eagles (13-8) in the bottom of the ninth with runners in scoring position to force the extra inning.

Zack Tillery made his third start on the hill this season after missing his scheduled start last Sunday due to illness. In his last start opposite the Manhattan Jaspers, Tillery took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and came away with the victory.

After a quick two innings he struggled in the third, giving up two runs while walking two batters. Tillery left after four innings having allowed four hits, two runs, walking three and striking out none.

Brady Anderson was shaky for a second straight outing and ended up taking the loss. After working a scoreless ninth, Anderson came back out to pitch the 10th and gave up what proved to be the game-winning run. The sophomore has now allowed runs in back-to-back outings for the first time this season.

Gage Morey contributed three more hits while Andrew Valencia drove in both runs to bring his season RBI total to 10. Michael Suchy added two hits, scored once and stole a base.

"We didn't get the big hit when the time came," said Eagles coach Dave Tollett. "We pitched well enough to win and the offense left too many runners in scoring position in big situations. That's something we need to address heading into conference play."

The Eagles return to Hammond Stadium on April 15 to face the Florida Gators. They begin Atlantic Sun play this weekend at USC-Upstate.



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