Hickey Shines in Victory over Florida Gulf Coast

Hickey Shines in Victory over Florida Gulf Coast

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Fort Myers, Fla. – USC Upstate junior Kevin Hickey allowed one unearned run in a career-high 7.2 innings as the Spartans defeated No. 29 Florida Gulf Coast 3-1 at Swanson Stadium on Friday night.

Upstate improves to 16-21 overall and 2-6 in the ASUN Conference while Florida Gulf Coast drops to 27-10 and 3-5.

Scoring Breakdown

  • Top 1stDevon Ortiz led off the game with an infield single and advanced to third on a Hunter Gilbert base hit. Ortiz scored as a result of an Eagle error.
  • Top 5thJake Bourke led off the inning with a single and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt. After reaching third on a groundout, Bourke scored on a Charlie Carpenter base hit.
  • Bottom 7th – An Upstate error with two outs allowed Florida Gulf Coast to score a run.
  • Top 9thRussell Schwertfeger led off the inning with his first home run of the season.

Notables

  • Hickey's 7.2 innings is the longest outing by an Upstate starting pitcher this season.
  • Hickey (3-4) scattered five hits with one unearned run along with two walks and eight strikeouts in 7.2 innings.
  • Trey Van Der Weide (1) pitched the final 1.1 innings for the save.
  • Josh Dye (6-2) took the loss as he allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 6.0 innings.
  • Florida Gulf Coast was held to five hits, all of them singles.
  • Tonight's win is the first for Upstate over a ranked opponent since an 8-6 win over No. 25 Kentucky at Harley Park on Feb. 17, 2014.
  • Bourke and Jordan Miller each had two hits to lead the Spartans.
  • Schwertfeger, Ortiz, Gilbert and Carpenter each had a hit.
  • Julio Garcia led the Eagles with two hits.

Up Next

  • Upstate and Florida Gulf Coast wrap up the series tomorrow at Noon.

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