FGCU Baseball host PBA in three-game series
Thursday, February 23, 2006
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University baseball team will host NCAA Division II provisional member Palm Beach Atlantic University for three games this weekend at Swanson Stadium. The Eagles and Sailfish will play a single game on Friday night at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Sailfish are making their first-ever trip to Swanson Stadium. FGCU traveled to West Palm Beach twice in the 2003 season and leads the all-time series 2-0. The two teams close this year’s season series with a single game at PBA on April 19. The Sailfish (2-11) enter the series having lost five of six games but defeated St. Thomas 7-4 on Tuesday. PBA is playing 30 of its 51 games this spring against Sunshine State Conference teams. Junior outfielder Kris Wellmaker leads the team with a .395 average. FGCU has won four of five games after taking two of three games last weekend from Florida Tech and the Eagles now own an 8-1 against regional competition. Pitching has been a key for the Eagles in the early going. FGCU has posted a 1.86 team ERA. Justin Stiver (Englewood, Fla.), Jason Kiley (Palm Harbor, Fla.) and Chris Hassen (Port Charlotte, Fla.) each have two wins. Hassen became the first FGCU pitcher to win 20 career games with his win over Florida Tech last Saturday. Kiley moved into a tie with Billy Phillips (’04) for second on the career win list with 13 with his win over Florida Tech in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader. As a team, the Eagles have struck out 96 and walked 27 in 92 innings. Senior all-American Jason Louwsma (Sanford, Fla.) continues to lead the offense. Currently on a nine-game hitting streak, Louwsma is hitting a team-high .415 with 17 hits, including seven doubles, and a team-high 12 RBI. Junior outfielder Travis Cunningham (Coral Springs, Fla.) has started the last seven games and posted a .364 average with one home run and 5 RBI. Sophomore Mike Cleghorn is hitting .316 and is second on the team with 9 RBI. Next weekend the Eagles welcome the defending national champion Florida Southern Moccasins to Swanson Stadium for a three-game series.