FGCU Baseball Welcomes USC Upstate to Swanson Stadium
Thursday, March 24, 2011

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU baseball team will be back at home for the second straight weekend when it hosts USC Upstate in a three-game Atlantic Sun series at Swanson Stadium beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

The Eagles completed a season sweep of USF on Tuesday night at home before dropping a tough 5-2 decision to No. 29 Miami on Wednesday. FGCU (12-10) enters the weekend in sole possession of fourth place in the A-Sun standings with a 6-3 mark, while USC Upstate (8-14) is 2-5 in the league.

FGCU has taken six straight from the Spartans, sweeping each of the last two three-game sets. The Eagles have scored at least 10 runs in the last four games against Upstate and are 7-2 all-time in the series, including 3-0 at Swanson Stadium. Over the nine games, FGCU has out-scored USC Upstate, 91-40.

The Eagles will send junior right-hander Jason Forjet (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Nova HS) to the mound in Friday’s opener, while Upstate will start Scott DeCecco. Forjet made his first start since 2009 last Friday against Campbell, tossing a complete game shutout that featured nine strikeouts and just five hits. Forjet (1-0, 1.59 ERA) is third on the team with 25 strikeouts over 28.1 innings. DeCecco (1-2, 5.59 ERA), a sophomore lefty from New Jersey, has made six starts and has accumulated 30 strikeouts over 29 innings.

At the plate, FGCU is led by senior Zach Maxfield (North Port, Fla./North Port HS/Pasco-Hernando CC) who is batting .364 with a team-high 10 doubles, four home runs and 23 RBI. Junior Javi Sujo (Miami, Fla./Miami Sunset HS/Middle Georgia College) sports a .317 batting average, including a .500 clip in A-Sun games. Senior Tim Roberson (West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Central HS) recently became the Blue and Green’s third active player with 200 career hits and is riding a nine-game hit streak.

Live stats, in-game twitter (@FGCUBaseball), Cover It Live chat, results and recaps for all three contests will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com.

The series will conclude on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. All kids 12 and under get in free for both games on Saturday.