Forjet, Bats Lead FGCU to Convincing Game Two Win at Lipscomb
Saturday, May 05, 2012 | by Patrick Pierson (@pierson_sid)
Forjet retired the first 10 batters of the game en route to earning his first win of the season. (Photo by Dennis Snyder)
Forjet retired the first 10 batters of the game en route to earning his first win of the season. (Photo by Dennis Snyder)
Florida Gulf Coast (19-27, 10-10 A-Sun)
Lipscomb (21-25, 10-10 A-Sun)
5/5/2012 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 462
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Win: FORJET (1-4) 7.152214
Loss: FONFARA (2-6) 1.022221
REEVES (FGCU) 312120
DIAZ (FGCU) 422201
COLEMAN (LIP) 402000

Tollett earns 350th career victory

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Behind 7.1 strong innings from senior right-hander Jason Forjet (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Nova HS) and a season-high eight runs, the FGCU baseball team bounced back from a heartbreaking loss in the series opener with a convincing 8-2 victory over Lipscomb Saturday night at Dugan Field.

Despite lowering his ERA to 3.08, Forjet earned his first win of the season to help the Eagles (19-27) pull even with Lipscomb (21-25) for fifth place in the Atlantic Sun standings at 10-10. The series finale, which could serve as a tie-breaker heading into the postseason tournament, is slated for a 12:30 p.m. ET first pitch on Sunday.

Forjet now stands at 1-4 on the season after going 7.1 innings with two earned runs on five hits and four strikeouts. Over the last two weekends, the Pembroke, Fla. product has gone a combined 15.1 innings with just eight hits given up, one walk and 16 punch outs.

Equally as impressive as Forjet’s team-high 12th start, the FGCU bats supplied a season-high eight runs on 10 hits. Eight of the nine positional starters for the Eagles supplied a hit, led by multi-hit evenings from redshirt freshman Alex Diaz (Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson HS) and junior Mike Reeves (Peterborough, Ontario/St. Peter’s Secondary). Diaz went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, his fourth home run of the season and two RBI from the No. 9 spot in the lineup. Reeves reached base in four of five plate appearances, going 2-for-3 with two walks and an RBI.

After scoring just two runs in Friday’s 11-inning series opener, FGCU wasted no time getting on the scoreboard by taking a 2-0 lead in its first trip to the dish. An RBI double to right center by sophomore Sean Dwyer (Tavares, Fla./Tavares HS) brought home redshirt freshman Kirby Retzer (Boca Raton, Fla./Boca Raton HS), who walked and stole second base. Reeves made it 2-0 with an RBI single into right field that scored Dwyer from second.

Diaz made it 3-0 in favor of the Green and Blue in the top of second with a solo home run, while Forjet faced just one over the minimum over the first five innings, retiring the first 10 batters he faced. Still leading 3-0 with Forjet cruising on the mound, the FGCU bats provided the righty five more runs of support in the top of the sixth to stretch the lead to 8-0.

The five-run sixth for the Eagles was highlighted by a bases-clearing double by sophomore Andrew Valencia (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep). All five runs came with two outs, as Diaz also singled home and run and later scored on a wild pitch.

Armed with his largest support of the season, Forjet went 7.1 innings and 94 pitches before being replaced by junior left-hander Andrew Poly (Broken Arrow, Okla./Tulsa Union HS/Cowley County CC). Poly went the final 1.2 innings of the contest.

Valencia and Dwyer’s doubles gave the 12 and 11 two-baggers on the year, respectively, to rank first and second on the squad. Dwyer has a hit in 12 of his last 14 games, while Valencia’s three-RBI game was his third of the year.

Lipscomb lefty Blake Fonfara (2-6) got the loss after leaving the game after a 23-pitch first inning that saw the Eagles jump out to a 2-0 lead.