Eagles One Out Away from Beating Florida International in Game Two of Doubleheader
NCCU Sports Information
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – North Carolina Central University was one out away from pulling off an upset of Florida International University, ranked No. 23 by Baseball America, but a two-out RBI single by FIU freshman Mitchell Robinson tied the score in the bottom of the 10th inning, then Jack Schaaf belted a walk-off, two-run home run in the bottom of the 13th to give the Panthers a 7-5 extra-inning victory in the nightcap of a doubleheader on Sunday in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
NCCU sophomore catcher Conrad Kovalcik had two hits, including a double, with two RBI, while senior right fielder Ronald Thompson had two hits with a triple and two runs scored for the Eagles.
Sophomore starting pitcher Alex Dandridge allowed just four hits and two earned runs with six strikeouts in five innings on the mound, but was not involved in the decision.
In game one, each team recorded five hits, but FIU scored four runs, two unearned, in the third inning for the only runs in the ballgame.
Senior hurler Jordan Quinn struck out three batters and allowed just two earned runs in six innings (five scoreless) of work for the Eagles.
NCCU junior shortstop Trevor Theissen had a pair of hits in the opener.
Up next, NCCU (1-4) hosts UNC-Asheville on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 4:00 p.m. at the Durham Athletic Park. Admission is free.