Florida Gulf Coast
4/21/2012 | Albuquerque, N.M. | Attendance: 1568
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A seven-run fifth inning by New Mexico spoiled one of FGCU’s best offensive games of the season, as the Lobos used a big inning for the second straight night to turn away the Eagles, 12-6, Saturday night at Isotopes Park.
FGCU (15-24) pounded out 13 hits – its second-best total of the season – but was trumped by New Mexico’s 15-hit attack that sent the Green and Blue to their fourth straight loss. On the flipside, the Lobos have won four in a row and seven consecutive weekend series. Sunday’s series finale is slate for 2 p.m. ET.
Eight of nine positional starters for FGCU finished with a hit, led by junior Mike Reeves’ (Peterborough, Ontario/St. Peter’s Secondary) 3-for-5 night that included a run scored and an RBI. Sophomore Brandon Bednar (Stuart, Fla./South Fork HS) extended his hit streak to 11 games with his team-leading 10th multi-hit performance.
Redshirt freshmen Kirby Retzer (Boca Raton, Fla./Boca Raton HS) and Alex Diaz (Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson HS) each finished with two hits and reached base three times. Retzer added two RBI and his first career stolen base.
Five of the first six batters in the New Mexico lineup had at least two hits, providing right-hander Josh Walker with plenty of run support. Walker completed five innings, giving up three runs on nine hits with six strikeouts. Walker worked out of a bases loaded jam in the second inning and forced FGCU into stranding two more runners in the fifth.
The Lobos capitalized off of Walker maintaining the 4-3 lead in the fifth by plating a game-changing seven runs on six hits in the bottom half of the frame.
Right-hander Brady Anderson (1-6) was dealt the loss after giving up four runs through three innings, as New Mexico’s two runs in the bottom of the third gave it a lead it would never relinquish. The FGCU bullpen couldn’t slow down the Lobos’ hot bats, giving up eight runs in its five innings of work.