4/9/2014 | Fort Myers, Fla. | Attendance: 326
|Loss: Reily Monkman
WP | Garrett Anderson (2-2): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO
LP | Reily Monkman (1-1): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO
BOX SCORE (PDF)
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU baseball team (22-12, 7-2 Atlantic Sun) used five pitchers on Wednesday afternoon to shut down Florida Atlantic University (17-15, 5-10 C-USA) and toss the fourth shutout of the season for the Green and Blue, striking out 14 Owl hitters in the process.
After getting rained out at FAU Tuesday, Brady Anderson (Arcadia, Fla./DeSoto HS) took the ball for the Eagles on Wednesday, making just his second start of the season. In his last start, the redshirt sophomore battled No. 1 Florida State in Tallahassee and came away with a no decision in 6.0 innings, striking out five and allowing just two runs. Anderson left the game Wednesday with 5.0 innings to his credit; no runs and a career-best nine strikeouts. It was Brady’s younger brother Garrett Anderson however who would come away with the victory in this one, striking out two in one inning of work as one of the four relievers that that closed out the game for FGCU.
“Our pitching as a whole really put together a complete performance tonight,” head coach Dave Tollett added. “It all started with Brady who was great tonight and the rest of those guys came in and did their jobs to get the win, that’s all you can ask for.”
The Eagle bats managed just four hits but one run was all they needed. Cody Hoffner (Sebring, Fla./Sebring HS/Broward College) returned from a 16-game injury absence and produced a pair of hits, the only FGCU player to do so. His double in the seventh would result in a sac fly later in the inning that brought in the game-winning run.
Anderson cruised through the FAU order, putting together a stretch that spanned the second and third innings during which he recorded six-consecutive outs via the strikeout. He would work a perfect fifth inning, punching out two batters to put a ribbon on his second start of the year. Brad Labozzetta (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland HS) relived Anderson in the sixth and struck out one in his solo inning of work.
The Eagles stranded six runners over the first six innings but in the seventh, Hoffner smoked a one-out double into the gap in left-center and gave way to Adam Eggnatz (Tampa, Fla./Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate HS) as a pinch runner. A wild pitch would move Eggnatz over to third and Gage Morey (West Palm Beach, Fla./PB Central) lifted a fly ball to right that was plenty deep enough to bring in Eggnatz.
Jack English (Delray Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman HS) took over for Garrett in the eighth and put the first two batters on base before slamming the door on the Owls with a strikeout and a double play ball that ended the threat, leaving the ninth for Zack Tillery (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier HS) who would be in search of his first save of the season. Tillery picked up a fly out and a ground out before striking out the last batter of the game to secure the 1-0 FGCU victory.
Four hits are the fewest for the Eagles in a win this season and they improve their record in midweek games to 2-5 this season. FGCU also extends its lead in the all-time series with Owls to 8-4. Last season was the first time that the Eagles did not come away with at least one win in a season series with FAU, dropping both meetings with the Owls by a combined score of 18-8.
FGCU continues A-Sun play this weekend when they travel to Jacksonville (11-21, 5-7 A-Sun) for a three-game set. The Eagles are currently third in the A-Sun with a 7-2 record. Following the series with Jacksonville, the Green and Blue will return to Hammond Stadium on Tuesday (Apr. 15) for a 6:30 p.m. date with No. 13 Florida. The Eagles split their early season two-game set with the Gators, the victory serving as head coach Dave Tollet’s 400th victory at FGCU. Tickets for the game at Hammond Stadium are on sale now through the FGCU Ticket Office.
ATLANTIC SUN CHAMPIONSHIP
For the first time in program history, the FGCU baseball team will play host to the 2014 Atlantic Sun Baseball Championship set to take place May 21-25 at Swanson Stadium. The top eight teams in the standings at the end of the regular season will advance to the championship and compete in a double-elimination style tournament to determine the A-Sun’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles are three-time A-Sun Regular Season Champions and finished second in the league last season.
Single-game tickets for FGCU Baseball are available at a cost of $6 for adults and $3 for children. Season tickets and tickets to the 2014 Atlantic Sun Championship are also available. For more information and additional deals, visit FGCUathletics.com/tickets, or call the ticket office at 239-590-7145.