A-Sun Teams Defeat No. 1 Gators, No. 2 Seminoles

Thursday, April 05, 2012

MACON, Ga. - In an amazing span of 24 hours, teams from the Atlantic Sun Conference defeated the top two teams in college baseball.

The University of North Florida Ospreys scored 10 runs on 13 hits to upset the No. 1 Florida Gators, 10-5, on Tuesday evening at Dusty Rhodes Field at Harmon Stadium in front of a crowd of 2,144. With the win the Ospreys (18-13) tie the all-time series at 5-5 and improve to 3-0 over the Gators (24-5) in the city of Jacksonville. North Florida is the first unranked team to defeat Florida this season. Offensively, the Ospreys scored 10 runs on 13 hits. The 10 runs scored are the most allowed by the Gators this season and the 13 hits recorded was the fourth most allowed by UF.

Less than 24 hours later, the FGCU Eagles visited the newly ranked No. 2 Seminoles in Tallahassee. A collective three-hitter by four different pitchers and a fast start at the plate helped the Eagles become the second Atlantic Sun Conference team in as many nights to upset a ranked foe, as it defeated No. 2 Florida State, 5-1, Wednesday night on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium in front of 4,090 fans.

FGCU’s second-ever win against a ranked opponent completes a five-game road swing for FGCU (11-18), who heads back into A-Sun action this weekend with a home series against Mercer. The Eagles’ other ranked win in the program’s brief five-year Division I history came on May 6, 2009, when it won at No. 9 Florida by a 17-5 margin.

The A-Sun is no stranger to success against ranked opponents on the diamond, as three teams advanced to postseason play last season, with Belmont and Stetson advancing to regional finals. Belmont fell to College World Series participant Vanderbilt, 6-1, who was eventually eliminated by CWS runner-up Florida.

In its regional final, Stetson was eliminated by eventual CWS Champion South Carolina, 8-2.