Junior tosses five-hit complete game in 6-0 win
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Behind a complete game shutout from junior Jason Forjet (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Nova HS) and a five-run sixth inning, the FGCU baseball team opened its Atlantic Sun weekend series with a convincing 6-0 win over Campbell on Friday afternoon at Swanson Stadium.
Making his first start of the season and first since the 2009 campaign, Forjet struck out nine over his 119-pitch complete game. Forjet scattered five hits over the nine innings and with the shutout lowered his era to a team-best 1.59 (28.1 innings). The right-hander retired the side in order four times and sat down one batter via strikes in seven of nine innings.
With the win, the Eagles even their record at 9-9 and, more importantly, improve to 4-3 in the A-Sun. Campbell, who picked up a win over then-No. 26 Stetson last weekend, drops to 8-10 overall and 1-6 in the conference.
Despite producing just one hit over the first five innings, the Eagles were able to plate the first run of the contest in the bottom of the second when freshman Brandon Bednar (Stuart, Fla./South Fork HS) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score senior Tim Roberson (West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Central HS).
With the momentum of Forjet retiring 12 of 13 batters from the top of the third through the top of the sixth, FGCU finally broke through at the plate with a game-changing five-run bottom of the sixth to take a 6-0 lead. A pair of walks and double by Roberson loaded the bases for junior Javi Sujo (Miami, Fla./Miami Sunset HS/Middle Georgia College). Sujo made good on his RBI opportunity, ripping a two-run single into left field to make it 3-0. Freshman Jake Foley (Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte HS) and senior Mikel Alvarez (West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Central HS) eventually followed with RBI singles, while Bednar’s sacrifice bunt also brought home a run.
Now with a commanding lead, Forjet sat down six of the seven batters he faced in the seventh and eighth innings combined to help FGCU cruise to their second straight A-Sun victory.
In what was a pitcher’s duel through the first five full innings, FGCU out-hit the Camels by a slim 6-5 margin. Six different players contributed a hit for the Eagles.
Frank Zier threw 98 pitches over his five innings in the loss for Campbell to slip to 0-2.
The two teams will finish off the weekend three-game slate on Saturday by playing a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Junior Jacob Barnes (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg HS) is slated to start the opening game for the Blue and Green, while senior Jack Wagoner (Berlin, Conn./Northwest Catholic/St. Petersburg) will take the hill in the nightcap.