Florida Gulf Coast
3/14/2012 | Fort Myers, Fla. | Attendance: 211
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Behind seven scoreless innings from starter Tyler Gebler, BIG EAST foe Rutgers finished off a mid-week sweep of the FGCU baseball team with a 7-2 win on Wednesday night at Swanson Stadium.
The Eagles slip to 6-10 on the season heading into the opening weekend of Atlantic Sun play. FGCU will begin conference action on Friday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. with the first of three games against North Florida (11-5). Rutgers has now won four straight, evening its record at 7-7.
Gebler gave up all six of hits over the first five innings, but the Eagles stranded six runners over that span en route to scoring no runs off of the 6-foot-5 righty. Gebler’s 94-pitch outing featured five strikeouts and he issue no walks.
On the flipside, junior Kevin Bryant (Homestead, Fla./South Dade HS) earned the start on the mound for the Eagles, going 4.1 innings while surrendering four runs on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts in the loss.
After a scoreless first two innings, Rutgers plated a run in four of the next five frames to hold a commanding 6-0 lead through seven full innings. Both runs in the third came with two outs, as Bryant’s second walk of the inning jump started the rally. The Scarlet Knights then scored two in the fifth and one in both the sixth and seven inning, respectively, for the six-run lead.
FGCU got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth when Rutgers turned to reliever Pat O’Leary. Senior Ryan Gebhart (Waco, Texas/Midway HS/Missouri), who now has a hit in 13 of 16 games, greeted O’Leary with a single followed by a double down the left field line by sophomore Andrew Valencia (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) that scored the speedy Gebhart all the way from first. After a groundout moved Valencia to third, junior Mike Reeves (Peterborough, Ontario/St. Peter’s Secondary) ripped a two-out RBI single to make it 6-2.
With the Eagles starting to find their rhythm at the dish, Rutgers turned to left-handed reliever Dan O’Neil, who picked up the save in Tuesday night’s game. O’Neil got the Scarlet Knights out of the eighth-inning jam for the second straight night and tossed a scoreless ninth to seal the win.
FGCU and Rutgers both finished with nine hits each, while the Scarlet Knights’ staff issued no walks compared to six by the Eagle arms. Both teams also left seven runners on the base paths.
Freshman Brady Anderson (Arcadia, Fla./DeSoto County HS) finished with his second straight multi-hit game with a pair of singles. Brady went a combined 5-for-9 in the series. Fellow freshman Michael Suchy (Bradenton, Fla./Southeast HS) had a hit in each of his first two at-bats, while Gebhart’s 2-for-3 night included his team-best sixth double of the season. Valencia’s double drove in his team-leading 12th run and extended his hit streak to six games.