Jacksonville Shuts Out FGCU to Even A-Sun Weekend Series
Saturday, April 14, 2012 | by Patrick Pierson (@pierson_sid)
Brandon Bednar extended his hit streak to eight games with his eighth multi-hit game. (Photo by Dennis Snyder)
Brandon Bednar extended his hit streak to eight games with his eighth multi-hit game. (Photo by Dennis Snyder)
Florida Gulf Coast (15-21, 6-8 ASun)
Jacksonville (13-23, 3-8 ASun)
4/14/2012 | Jacksonville, Fla. | Attendance: 545
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Win: MCRAE (3-4) 6.170043
Loss: ANDERSON (1-5) 4.172232
BEDNAR (FGCU) 402000
DWYER (FGCU) 402010
WALKER (JU) 402100
MOYE (JU) 412100

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hampered by leaving 14 runners on base, including eight over the first three innings, the FGCU baseball team dropped the second game of its weekend Atlantic Sun series at Jacksonville, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon at Sessions Stadium.

The loss snaps a season-high four-game win streak for the Eagles, as they slip to 15-21 overall and 6-8 in the A-Sun. FGCU and Dolphins (13-23, 3-8) will take the field for the deciding game in the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Green and Blue took Friday’s opener by a 7-3 margin.

The Eagles produced five of their eight hits in their first three plate appearances, but left the bases loaded in the second and third innings, respectively. JU starter Alex McRae worked out of trouble several times, scattering seven hits over 6.1 scoreless innings.

On the flipside, FGCU right-hander Brady Anderson (Arcadia, Fla./DeSoto County HS) was also able to escape trouble in the second, but gave up a run in the third and another in the fifth before leaving with the base paths loaded and just one out.

Junior Andrew Polly (Broken Arrow, Okla./Union HS/Cowley County CC) replaced Anderson in the fifth and got the Eagles out of JU’s bases loaded threat by getting a foul out to third and fly ball to center field. The fifth ended with the Dolphins holding a 2-0 lead.

McRae’s 118-pitch outing ended in the top of the seventh with a runner on second with one out, as he handed the ball over to reliever Adam Maxon. After walking sophomore Sean Dwyer (Tavares, Fla./Tavares HS), Maxon got the final two outs on three pitches to put an end to another FGCU threat.

Trailing 3-0 going into the ninth, FGCU produced its biggest threat since the third inning by putting runners on first and second with one out. With six RBI in his last three games, Dwyer stepped to the dish and hit a grounder to second base for the fielder’s choice to put runners on the corners with two outs. Representing the game-tying run, sophomore Andrew Valencia’s (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) bid to stretch or tie the game failed as he grounded out to third to end the contest.

Anderson moved to 1-5 on the season with the loss, allowing two runs on seven hits over 4.1 innings. Polly turned in a strong performance in relief, striking out four while giving up just three hits in his 3.2 innings of work.

Sophomore Brandon Bednar (Stuart, Fla./South Fork HS) and Dwyer each turned in multi-hit games, going 2-for-4. Bednar’s eighth multi-hit game of the season also extended his hit streak to eight. Senior Ryan Gebhart (Waco, Texas/Midway HS/Missouri) reached base in three of five plate appearances and is now above .400 for the year.

Despite giving up seven hits and walking four, McRae improved to 3-4 on the year, while Maxon’s 2.2 innings to close the game earned him his first save.