Evan Lumbert pitched eight scoreless innings, and the FGCU baseball team picked up a big win on Wednesday, beating Miami 1-0 at Swanson Stadium.
Lumbert(W, 4-0) struck out 12 and allowed just three baserunners, a pair of hits and a walk on the night, including working his way out of his only jam of the night in the sixth. Willy Escala, who had two of the three hits the Hurricanes(12-12) had on the night, led off with a single, then a five pitch walk put Raymond Gil on to give Miami runners on first and second with no out.
A sacrifice bunt moved the runners over, then Lumbert struck out Dylan Cloonan and induced a harmless first pitch grounder out of Hunter Tackett to end the threat.
“I’ve been waiting since I was 10 years old for this moment, pitching against the U, and shutting them down? Nothing better than that,” Lumbert said.
Eli Lovell singled home the only run of the game in the eighth inning for FGCU(19-5) in a pinch-hit effort, scoring Alex Brait from second. Brait singled to get aboard with one out, then advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt by Daniel Federman, who would strike out Spencer Levine to get two outs before Lovell broke through.
Federman’s(L, 1-2) throwing error was perhaps the only real mistake of the night for the pitcher, who struck out seven and allowed just four hits.
Wednesday’s win is FGCU’s third win in their last four games against the Hurricanes, after winning just two of their first 18 meetings between the two schools.
“I think we can play with anyone in the country,” FGCU coach Dave Tollett said. “Most of all, the kids think they can play with anyone in the country. These kids are very confident.”
The Eagles have won their last six straight, and travel to Jackson State for a three-game series on Friday, followed by a mid-week game against Florida before returning home to open conference play against NJIT on April 6.
BRANDON GOODWIN TO REPRESENT A-SUN IN 3-ON-3
FGCU men’s basketball star point guard Brandon Goodwin will be representing the Atlantic Sun conference in a three-on-three basketball tournament that starts Friday in San Antonio as a companion event to the Final Four.
Goodwin, along with USC-Upstate’s Ramel Thompkins, Kennesaw State’s Nick Masterson, and Stetson’s Divine Myles make up the team representing the ASUN in the 3X3U National Championship.
The outgoing senior was named the ASUN Player of the Year, and led the Eagles in scoring, rebounds, and assists this season, along with setting the single-season scoring record for the program.
One team from each of Division I’s 32 conferences will be represented, and teams will compete for a total prize pool of $100,000, with $50,000 going to the winning team.
Games start Friday at 7 p.m. and will be streamed live on Twitter at the tournament’s account, @3X3UHoops.
NC CENTRAL COACH BACKS OFF ECU JOB, DOOLEY INTERVIEWS?
North Carolina Central coach LaVelle Moton has withdrawn himself from the running for the head coaching position at East Carolina, a job that FGCU men’s basketball coach Joe Dooley has been repeatedly linked to all month.
Moton interviewed for the ECU job earlier this week, he said while on the David Glenn show, a Raleigh, N.C. area sports talk radio program.
Speculation has linked Dooley to ECU, where he was previously head coach from 1995-99, with Ronnie Woodward of the Greenville, N.C. Daily Reflector reporting that Dooley interviewed for the position this week.
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