FORT MYERS, Fla. – Freshman Pat Garrido hit a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift No. 23 Florida Gulf Coast University to a 12-11 win over Wayne State (Mich.) at Swanson Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Garrido (West Palm Beach, Fla.) sharply singled through the hole at shortstop with the bases load for his first career game-winning hit as the Eagles picked up their seventh consecutive victory. FGCU is now 21-5 while Wayne State falls to 1-13.
Senior Jason Louwsma (Sanford, Fla.) led off the 10th inning with a walk and was sacrificed to second base by senior Ian Manson (Plano, Texas). After Shawn Griffin (Hollywood, Fla.) was intentionally walked, junior Travis Cunningham (Coral Springs, Fla.) hit into a fielder’s choice to put runners on the corners to set up Garrido.
FGCU also needed ninth inning heroics to send the game into extra innings. Junior Geoff Rottmayer (Clearwater, Fla.) led off with a single into the hole at shortstop. Cunningham came on to pinch run and advanced to third when Garrido’s sacrifice bunt was bobbled by Warriors third baseman Kevin Kadrofske. He later scored on a wild pitch to send the game to extra innings.
After taking an early 2-0 lead on a pair of solo home runs in the second, Wayne State had to rally from 8-2 deficit after the Eagles scored eight runs in the bottom of the second inning. Two runs in the seventh and another in the eighth gave the Warriors an 11-10 lead.
Louwsma, Rottmayer and sophomore Graig Smith (Venice, Fla.) had three hits apiece for FGCU. Manson added two hits and three RBI while Smith and freshman Josh Upchurch (Cape Coral, Fla.) had two RBI each. Manson belted a solo home run in the second inning, his third of the year, while Rottmayer blasted his fourth home run of the year to lead off the fifth.
Jason Chapieski, Jon Weisman and Kevin Kadrofske had three hits each for the Warriors, who out-hit the Eagles 16-15.
Junior right-hander Matt Laliberte, the fifth Eagles’ hurler, pitched the final three innings without allowing a run to earn the win. Dan Barnes took the loss for Wayne State.
FGCU returns to action on Thursday afternoon at 5 p.m. when it hosts Franklin Pierce (NH) College.