Behind a brilliant complete-game shutout by Jack English, No. 1 seeded FGCU (38-21) staved off elimination in the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship Friday courtesy of a 3-0 victory over Jacksonville (21-33).
With the win, the Eagles move on to play No. 4 Lipscomb (32-26) at about 1:15 p.m. Saturday.
English was clutch when his team needed him the most as he did not allow a hit until the seventh inning, and his only two hits allowed both careened off FGCU defenders. He was sporadic at times as he walked four and hit two more, but the right-hander battled through several early jams and after tossing 136 pitches he wrapped up his first career complete game.
Michael Suchy, Nick Rivera of Cape Coral and Zack Tillery all collected two hits each in the middle of the Eagles' lineup, with Rivera and Jake Noll driving in the team's only two runs.
"I think Jack gave us an unbelievable effort," FGCU coach Dave Tollett said. "For him to throw a complete-game shutout to avoid us having to go into the bullpen when we have potentially four games over the next two days is huge. I mean that's just an unbelievable effort for Jack and by far his best individual performance."
If FGCU defeats Lipscomb Saturday, the two teams meet again at either 5 or 8:15 p.m. No. 3 seed Kennesaw State plays No. 7 Stetson at 10 a.m., and if KSU wins the Hatters are eliminated. However, if Stetson wins that matchup, the two teams play again at 5 p.m., pushing FGCU's possible second contest to 8:15.
If Kennesaw State wins and FGCU wins, the Eagles play Lipscomb at 5 p.m.
The championship game is Sunday at 1 p.m.