FGCU Follows Blueprint to Beat Hurricanes

The old adage goes that you don't play baseball games on paper and the Hurricanes' game on Wednesday night against Florida Gulf Coast proved that to be true yet again.

I said that I thought the Canes would have no trouble taking care of business and it turns out that I couldn't have been more wrong.

There was one blueprint out there for the Eagles to pull the upset against the highly-ranked Hurricanes and they followed it.

It began with a great start on the mound. Zack Tillery, a pitcher who had thrown only 7.1 innings coming into the game, threw seven innings, giving up two hits and one run. He didn't walk a single Hurricane and he only struck out one. He dominated without having strikeout stuff and that's as impressive as anything else he did last night.

Offensively, the Eagles didn't do anything special. They strung a few hits together and took advantage of Miami errors. That's what you have to do when you are offensively challenged, as the Eagles have been all season.

Not very much went right for the Hurricanes on this night, but the pitching was a bright spot. Javi Salas, taking over the midweek starter role from Steven Ewing, gave Miami 6.2 innings, giving up three hits, three runs (two earned), striking out nine while only walking one.

Adam Sargent, AJ Salcines and Eric Nedeljkovic combined to finish off the game without giving up an earned run, although the UM defense gifted the Eagles a run in the ninth.

The great thing about the baseball season is that a chance to get back out there is never too far away. In the Hurricanes' case, that chance will come this weekend as they travel to Blacksburg, Virginia to take on the Hokies of Virginia Tech in a three game ACC series.


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