Deland, FL- #2 seed FGCU (42-18) lost in the ASUN Championship game to #1 seed Lipscomb University (36-24), 12-6, Sunday afternoon from Melching Field at Conrad Park.
W-Michael Dunkelberger (3-6)
5.1 IP, 7 H. 6 R (ALL ER), 5 K, BB
L-Nick Love (5-3)
2.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R (ALL ER)
Outstanding Players (FGCU):
Edrick Felix 2/5, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI’s
Joe Kinker 2/4, R, HR, RBI
Brian Ellis 2/4, R
Outstanding Players (LU):
Alex Vergara 3/4, 3 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI’s
Jake Berg 2/5, R, 2 RBI’s
Will Lee 1/2, R, 2 RBI’s
Lipscomb decided to get into a slugfest with FGCU, and took a page out of the Eagles book, hitting 5 home runs en route to an ASUN Championship. Alex Vergara led the Bisons offensively, hitting 3 home runs, and driving in 5 runs. Bisons starter Michael Dunkelberger (3-6) was efficient when he needed to be earlier in the game, as Lipscomb built a 12-3 lead after 5 innings. The Lipscomb bullpen was relentless, not allowing any runs, and the regular season champions added an ASUN Championship title to their mantle. FGCU starting pitcher Nick Love (5-3) struggled and allowed 5 earned runs in 2 innings pitched. Edrick Felix led the Eagles offensively, hitting 2 home runs, and driving in 5 runs in the game. Joe Kinker also hit a home run for FGCU. It’s disappointing seeing the season possibly end here, seeing this team have an incredible season offensively, but had to overcome 2 Tommy John surgeries to their top starters. We are so thankful to cover the seniors from this team, and wish them all the best if the team does not receive an at-large bid.
FGCU waits to see if they receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, with the field being announced Monday afternoon at noon, on ESPN 2.