JU (23-25, 12-11) rallied for two runs in the bottom of the first and pulled to within 6-3 in the fourth but FGCU (34-17, 22-5) plated two runs in the ninth to put the game away.
“I believed we would win this series after getting the early game but they showed why they are regular season champions,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We are in a tough spot right now but we still control our own destiny and that is something to be thankful for.”
Senior Kyle Kriech (1-4) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout in one inning. Junior Chris Kaminski kept the Dolphins in the contest by allowing only one run on seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts in seven innings of relief.
Pete Woodworth (8-1) earned the win after allowing three runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in seven innings of work. Patrick Nathanson notched his first save of the season after hurling two innings of shutout relief.
Sophomore third baseman Jimmy Howick led the Dolphins by going 2-for-3 while freshman center fielder Dan Gulbransen also finished with multiple hits.
Tim Roberson led the Eagles by finishing 3-for-5 while Josh Chester went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI. Mikel Alvarez, Austin Gaines and Alex Lozada each tallied multiple hits while Luke Smierciak drove in three runs.
The Eagles jumped out to a 5-0 lead first after tallying four hits in the inning, including a three-run homer to left by Smierciak.
The Dolphins cut the deficit to 5-2 in the bottom of the first when senior first baseman Alex Martinez hit an RBI triple to right center and Howick hit an RBI infield single past the mound.
FGCU made it 6-2 in the second when Alvarez hit a solo homer to right field.
JU cut the margin to 6-3 in the fourth when junior designated hitter Glen Johnson hit a single to left center with two outs.
FGCU put the game out of reach, 8-3, in the ninth when Chester hit a two-run homer to right field.
The Dolphins will end the 2010 home schedule with a non-conference game against Georgia Southern on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The contest can be heard live on 1010XL with Barry Milligan calling all of the action. You can also follow along through ASun.TV and live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.