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Senior Eric Guillen posted two hits for USC Upstate on Friday at FGCU.

Senior Eric Guillen posted two hits for USC Upstate on Friday at FGCU.

April 24, 2009

Final Stats

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Senior Phillip Morgan (Campobello, S.C./Spartanburg Methodist) kept up his torrid hitting as he went 2-for-5 with two RBI and senior Eric Guillen (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks) also added two hits, but the USC Upstate baseball team fell victim to a two-homer and 14-hit Florida Gulf Coast attack, as FGCU beat Upstate, 14-6, to open the first of a three-game Atlantic Sun Conference set at Swanson Stadium on Friday.

Morgan tied a career high as he extended his hitting streak to 12 games while junior Jimmy Tanner (Fayetteville, Ga./Starr's Mill) also extended his hitting streak to 13 games, also tying a career-high.

The Eagles (23-16 overall, 14-5 A-Sun) jumped out to a four-run lead in the first three innings, scoring a single run in the second on two doubles and then adding three runs in the third with Tim Roberson hitting a two-run homer to center field. Upstate (10-31 overall, 3-19 A-Sun) cut the lead to two runs in the fifth inning, as junior Jacob Breen (Marietta, Ga./Birmingham Southern) reached on an error, took second when senior Kyle Simpson (Lyman, S.C./Byrnes) was hit by a pitch and scored on a single up the middle by senior Tommy Shovlin (Merritt Island, Fla./Daytona Beach C.C.).

FGCU got four more runs in the fifth to take an 8-1 lead, as Josh Chester hit a two-run homer to right field during the frame. Two more runs on three hits came in the sixth for the Eagles, capped by a single from Brad Roberts.

The Spartans made it 10-3 in the top of the eighth as they scored two runs. Shovlin walked with one out and junior Jimmy Tanner (Fayetteville, Ga./Starr's Mill) followed with a single to left field, extending his hitting streak to a career-high tying 13 games. Morgan followed with a single through the left side to load the bases. After a strikeout, sophomore Blake Green (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern) deposited a two-run single into left field.

The Eagles posted four runs in the eighth, though, to take a 14-3 lead. Freshman Austin Moyer (Greensboro, N.C./Southeast Guilford) closed the gap to 10 runs with a towering homer just over the right-field foul pole to lead off the ninth. Upstate kept the late rally alive, as Simpson walked and senior Eric Guillen (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks) was hit by a pitch. After a strikeout and a groundout that moved the runners up, Morgan singled into center field to score two runs.

Zach Maxfield went 3-for-4 with three runs, two RBI and a double and Mikel Alvarez, Steven Wickens and Brad Roberts each added two hits for the Eagles.

Chris Sale (6-3) earned the win for FGCU, pitching seven innings, allowing four hits and an unearned run. He walked one and struck out seven. Freshman Ryan Fern (Oviedo, Fla./Winter Springs) (1-6) took the loss, as he threw 4 2/3 innings, allowing 10 hits and eight runs.

Upstate wraps up its trip to Florida's West Coast with a doubleheader against FGCU on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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