FORT MYERS, Fla.- Florida SouthWestern State righthander Mason Adams was super on Super Bowl Sunday at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, throwing six scoreless innings to pave the way for a 4-1 FSW win over Gulf Coast State to close out the 2020 Marissa Gusto Memorial Tournament.
The Bucs got on the board first, scoring a run on an unconventional groundout from Matthew Corpas to take a 1-0 lead and then plated their second run of the inning on a passed ball to take a 2-0 lead after one inning of play.
FSW extended their lead to 3-0 in the 2nd without the benefit of a hit as Daniel Maldonado was hit by a pitch, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error, and then scored on a sacrifice fly from Tommy Joseph.
FSW righthander Mason Adams kept it there through the middle innings, dazzling through six shutout frames, to hold the 3-0 lead for the Bucs through six.
Robert Wegielnik worked scoreless 7th and 8th innings to keep it a 3-0 game and the Bucs added a run in the bottom of the 8th when Drake Dobyanski walked, stole second, stole third, and scored on another throwing error by the Commodores catcher to make it a 4-0 game.
Gulf Coast managed a pair of doubles in the 9th to break up the FSW shutout, but the closest the tying run would get would be in the on deck circle as Wegielnik finished them off with a strikeout to give the Bucs a 4-1 win to close out the weekend.
Adams shined in his first start of the year, tossing 6 scoreless innings, allowing just 4 hits, while striking out 7 to pick up the win for the Bucs. Wegielnik worked the final 3 innings, allowing 3 hits and 1 run to pick up his first save. Joseph paced the Bucs offense at the top of the order, going a perfect 3 for 3 with an RBI and a stolen base while Dobyanski scored 2 of the Bucs 4 runs and stole 2 bases.
The win pushes #20 FSW to 2-2 on the year while Gulf Coast falls to 3-2.
The Bucs are back in action on Tuesday when they hit the road to take on Miami Dade in a 2 PM first pitch from Kendall. FSW returns home on Wednesday to battle Broward at 6 PM at City of Palms Park.