FGCU Falls in Pitching Duel in Series Finale at New Mexico
Sunday, April 22, 2012 | by Patrick Pierson (@pierson_sid)
Forjet gave up two runs over 6.2 innings of work, striking out five batters. (Photo by Dennis Snyder)
Forjet gave up two runs over 6.2 innings of work, striking out five batters. (Photo by Dennis Snyder)
Florida Gulf Coast (15-25)
New Mexico (22-18)
4/22/2012 | Albuquerque, N.M. | Attendance: 1520
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Win: SANCHEZ (5-1) 8.0610110
Loss: FORJET (0-4) 6.282245
BEDNAR (FGCU) 412000

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico right-hander Gera Sanchez struck out 10 batters and gave up just one run over eight innings, as the FGCU baseball team dropped its series finale against the Lobos, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at Isotopes Park.

The win gave New Mexico (22-18) a series sweep and ran its win streak to five games, while the Eagles fell to 15-25 on the season with the loss.

Sanchez used 100-pitches to out-duel FGCU senior Jason Forjet (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Nova HS). Making his team-leading 10th start, Forjet scattered eight hits and struck out five over his 118-pitches. Forjet was the tough-luck loser despite giving up just two runs.

With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh, DJ Peterson ripped a two-out RBI single off Forjet to bring home the eventual game-winning run for the Lobos. Junior R.J. Brown (Brandon, Fla./Bloomingdale HS) replaced Forjet, getting the final out of the frame with two runners and tossed a scoreless eighth.

After a leadoff walk to junior Mike Reeves (Peterborough, Ontario/St. Peter’s Secondary) to start the ninth, FGCU pushed the potential game-tying run into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. With the two chances to drive in the game-tying run, the next two Eagles grounded out, ending the threat to force extra innings and sealing the sweep for the Lobos.

Sanchez improved to 5-1 on the season with the win and limited an FGCU offense that was coming off 13 hits on Saturday to just six on Sunday. Sophomore Brandon Bednar (Stuart, Fla./South Fork HS) extended his hit streak to 12 games by going 2-for-4 with a double. The 12-game streak is the longest by an Eagle this season. A day after a 3-hit game, Reeves singled, but also reached base on two walks, while redshirt freshman Alex Diaz (Miami, Fla./John A. Fergus HS) hit his sixth double of the year.

FGCU will turn its attention back to Atlantic Sun action next weekend when it hosts a three-game series against Kennesaw State. The first game of the weekend set at Swanson Stadium will begin on Friday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m.