DELAND, Fla. - The FGCU baseball team now faces elimination for the first time at the 2012 Atlantic Sun tournament after falling to top-seeded Belmont, 6-4 Friday night. The Eagles were unable to recreate Thursday night's late-inning rally and still need two more wins to claim the conference title and the automatic NCAA tournament bid.
FGCU starting pitcher, Andrew Polley kept the Bruins off the board for the first three innings. Meanwhile, the Eagles jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Bednar in the top of the 3rd.
Belmont answered with 2 runs in the 4th to take a 2-1 lead. Then, Judah Akers singled home Dylan Craig in the 5th to extend the lead to 3-1. The Bruins would add one more run in the fifth to push the lead to 4-1. But FGCU battled back in the top of the 6th. With two men on, Brady Anderson ripped a triple down the right field line to drive in two runs to make it 4-3. The next batter, Tito Mendoza drove in Anderson to tie the game, 4-4.
After both teams went quietly in their next at-bats, Belmont got in the final blow. A two-run double by Jared Breen in the bottom of the 7th gave the Bruins a 6-4 edge they would not relinquish.
FGCU will face Kennesaw State in an elimination game Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The winner will face Belmont for the Atlantic Sun tournament title at 4:00 p.m.