FORT MYERS, Florida. – For the second day in a row, the FGCU baseball team left Kennesaw State, this time off the junior bat Stephen Wilmer (Sarasota, Fla./Riverview HS/Pasco-Hernando State/ECU), who hit an RBI single with two out in the tenth to defeat the Owls, 7-6. The Eagles improve to 20-8 and 7-2 in the ASUN while the Owls fall to 18-9 and 7-2 also in the league.
“We will take them any way we can,” said the head coach Dave Tollet. “Both teams are really good. What a great run for us. We got a great effort from Mugavero today out of the bullpen and a big shot from Stephen Wilmer. Just a big, big win against a great team.”
Wilmer’s departure came in a delicate situation and just a day after the junior Joe Kinker (North Port, Fla./Venice HS) won the game on Saturday as the Eagles earned a series win over the No. 11 RPI team.
Junior Alejandro Figueredo (Sucre, Venezuela/West Oaks HS/Seminole State) led the Eagles with three hits on the day as a freshman Harrison Povey (Indian Rocks Beach, Fla./Largo HS) and Junior Luis Rodriguez (Guarenas, Venezuela/Miami Christian HS/Santa Fe College/Dyersburg State) each added home runs.
On the mound, senior Joey Mugavero (Estero, Fla./Estero HS/Florida Southwestern State) was stellar as he pitched five innings in relief and allowed just one run while striking out four. Junior Tyler Tipton (Tampa, Fla./Gaither HS/South Florida State) picked up the win after pitching a perfect tenth inning.
Kennesaw quickly took a 3-0 lead with two runs in the first and another in the second. Rodriguez got a run late in the second with a defender pick who scored a run.
After the Owls tacked on a fourth run in the third, Povey tied the game in the bottom half with a three-run homer, his eighth of the season.
KSU regained the lead in the fourth with a run, but again the Eagles responded as a graduate student Logan Sartori (Lincoln, Neb./Lincoln Southwest HS/Texas A&M/Hutchinson CC) hit in a run with an RBI single.
Mugavero and Kennesaw’s Smith Pinson traded zeros for the next three innings until Rodriguez connected on a solo homer in the eighth to give the Eagles a 6-5 lead.
The lead was short-lived, however, as the Owls hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth to tie the game.
In the bottom of the tenth, Figueredo started with a single and was replaced by a pinched runner Jalen Townsend (Orlando, Fla./Winter Park HS), who then stole second place. After a few strikeouts and an intentional walk, Wilmer headed for home plate where he curled a 2-2 pitch down the right field line allowing the speedy Townsend to score easily.
The Eagles will return to action on Tuesday when they face No. 12 Miami. Coral Gables’ first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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FGCU Coach Dave Tollet currently holds an overall record of 656-393-3 (.623) and an ASUN record of 218-117 (.647). He is the only head coach in program history and led the program to its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2017. He is a five-time ASUN Coach of the Year and has guided the Green and Blue to five season championships regular ASUN tournament and an ASUN tournament championship. His team has been ranked multiple times nationally, including 9th in the nation in 2017, and has coached 58 all-conference picks, 33 draft picks, three current major leaguers, 13 current minor leaguers, four ASUN pitchers of the Year, four All-Americans, three ASUN Players of the Year, a National Freshman Player of the Year, a National Player of the Year and a seven-time MLB All-Star.
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