JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University baseball fell 4-3 in extra innings to Florida Gulf Coast Friday at John Sessions Stadium.
FGCU (25-7, 3-1) took advantage of two walks by Chris Mauloni (2-1) to single in the game winning run over JU (22-13, 4-3) in the 10th.
"This game was what you expect from a Friday in conference against a really good team," said Head Coach Chris Hayes. "They came up with a big hit in a big spot with two outs and we did not quite answer."
"Ultimately today was about execution, they did and we didn't."
FGCU struck first, plating two in the top of the first on four hits. Three straight singles almost scored the first run, but Connor Stephens gunned down Gage Morey at home as he tried to score from second. One batter later, a double hit the wall in left center, making it 2-0.
Jacksonville got one back in the bottom half, when Chris Lehane walked with one out. A wild pitch moved him into scoring position, and ground out sent him to third before Angel Camacho singled him home.
JU tied it in the third, when Ruben Someillan walked to start the frame. Lehane executed a perfect hit-and-run to right field, putting runners at the corners. One pitch later, Scott Dubrule hit a sacrifice fly to center to make it 2-2.
Chris Gau, after the tough first inning, settled down to retire 10 Eagles in a row at one point. FGCU threatened in the fifth, when the leadoff man reached on an error and two walks loaded the bases with two out, but Gau got a fly ball to center to end it.
Then in the seventh, FGCU retook the lead with three singles, the latter of which came with two outs to make it 3-2, and after Gau got the final out, his day was done. It is the seventh straight start that he has pitched at least seven innings, but he earned a no-decision for his efforts today.
The Dolphins tied it back up in the eighth, after Lehane doubled with one-out, Camacho walked, and Sam Armstrong flared a base-hit into left, his 18th RBI of the year.
Jacksonville falls to third in the ASUN Conference, while FGCU improves its conference leading margin.
RHP Tyler Santana takes the ball tomorrow as JU looks to even the series at one. Saturday's action is a double-header, with two nine inning games starting at 2 p.m.