University of Miami

UM baseball team routs Florida Gulf Coast 15-4

UM’s David Thompson, pictured in a previous game, homered to help UM rout Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers.
UM’s David Thompson, pictured in a previous game, homered to help UM rout Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers. Miami Herald Staff

Junior David Thompson and sophomore Willie Abreu both homered as No. 19 Miami routed Florida Gulf Coast 15-4 in Fort Myers on Tuesday.

The Hurricanes (11-6) scored six runs over the first four innings and connected for five more in the fifth to clinch their season series against the Eagles (8-9-1) .

Eight of nine Miami starters recorded at least one hit in a 17-hit barrage.

Thompson had a dominant night at the plate, setting new career highs with four hits and six RBI. He came just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle in a 4-for-6 performance.

With junior Ricky Eusebio on third base after a triple, junior George Iskenderian cranked a single up the middle off FGCU starter Nick Deckert for the opening run. Thompson followed with an RBI double that landed just inside the right-field line to give Miami starter Ryan Otero a 2-0 lead from the outset.

Otero allowed three runs in the second inning to give FGCU a 4-2 advantage, but the lead was short-lived.

Thompson's two-run blast ‒ his second of the season ‒ came off Garrett Anderson (2-1) and tied the score 4-4 in the top half of the third. UM regained the lead with two more runs in the fourth on an Eagles error and an RBI single from Thompson.

FGCU committed five errors on the night, leading to eight unearned runs.

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