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Eagles Host FGCU Classic
Thursday, February 26, 2009

Date: Thursday, Feb. 26 – Sunday, Mar. 1
Location: Fort Myers, Fla.
Game Times: All Day
Stadium: Swanson Stadium, Terry Park
Tournament Field: FGCU, Bethune-Cookman, Boston College, USF, Samford, Towson

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Florida Gulf Coast University baseball team will participate in its second straight tournament as they get set to host the FGCU Classic. The Eagles head into this weekend’s action with a record of 1-3. The Eagles will play four games in four days, beginning on Thursday, Feb. 26 and concluding Sunday, Mar. 1. FGCU opens against Samford University on Thursday, Towson on Friday, USF on Saturday, and Bethune-Cookman on Sunday.

Samford

Samford posted a 33-23 overall record a year ago while finishing 19-7 in the Ohio Valley Conference.  Last weekend the Bulldogs took two out of three from FGCU’s A-sun rival Kennesaw State.  Michael Johnson will pace the Bulldogs through 2009 as he returns as the leading hitter from last year where he hit .352 after playing in all 52 games.  Senior Stephen Johnson who threw 81 innings last year and finished with a 7-0 record with a 2.22 ERA will lead Samford’s pitching staff into 2009.

 

FGCU vs. Samford                                4:00 p.m.          Thursday, Feb. 26

Samford vs. USF                                  Noon                Friday, Feb. 27

Samford vs. Bethune-Cookman              8:00 p.m.          Saturday, Feb. 28

Samford vs. Boston College                  Noon                Sunday, March 1 @ Terry Park

 

Towson

Towson opened the 2009 season dropping three of four to New Orleans University after finishing the 2008 campaign with a 30-28 record (14-16 Colonial Athletic Association).  Nick Natoli, who started 55 of the Tigers 56 games last year and finished with a .349 batting average as well as leading the team with 17 stolen bases will spark the Tigers offense for 2009.  Two of the top pitchers from a year ago return to anchor Towson’s pitching staff this year; Charlie Cononie (3.14 ERA) and Josh Squatrito (51 innings pitched with 10 saves).

 

Bethune-Cookman vs. Towson               8:00 p.m.          Thursday, Feb. 26

FGCU vs. Towson                                 8:00 p.m.          Friday, Feb. 27

Boston College vs. Towson                    Noon                Saturday, Feb. 28

USF vs. Towson                                    Noon                Sunday, March 1 @ Terry Park

 

 

USF

The USF Bulls opened this year with the Big East-Big Ten Challenge and finished the weekend 1-2.  They opened with a loss to Michigan followed by a win against Purdue and another lost against Indiana.  They finished last year with a 31-27 record (14-13 Big East) and have a few returners looking to pace the Bulls this year.  Ryan Lockwood who hit .415 with 12 stolen bases will set the table for the offense while Randy Fontanez, who threw 81 innings, had a 3.54 ERA, 5-3 record, and 50 strikeouts will lead the pitching staff during 2009.

 

Boston College vs. USF                        Noon                Thursday, Feb. 26

Samford vs. USF                                  Noon                Friday, Feb. 27

FGCU vs. USF                                      4:00 p.m.          Saturday, Feb. 28

USF vs. Towson                                    Noon                Sunday, March 1 @ Terry Park

 

 

Boston College

Boston College enters the weekend riding on a four game win streak over A-Sun foe Stetson.  The Eagles finished last season with a 26-27 record while posting a 9-21 mark in the ACC.  Two of the top hitters from a year ago return to pace Boston College this year: Tony Sanchez, who started every game last year and finished with a .313 batting average and lead the team with 9 homeruns, will be a catalyst for their offense in 2009.  However, the Eagles of Boston College lost three out of their top four pitchers from a year ago.  Sophomore John Leonard (39.1 IP, 4-0, 5.27 ERA) will lead the 2009 team on the mound. 

 

Boston College vs. USF                        Noon                Thursday, Feb. 26

Bethune-Cookman vs. Boston College    4:00 p.m.          Friday, Feb. 27

Boston College vs. Towson                   Noon                Saturday, Feb 28

Samford vs. Boston College                  Noon                Sunday, March 1 @ Terry Park

 

Bethune-Cookman

Bethune-Cookman enters the tournament with a 1-2 record.  The Wildcats finished first in the MEAC (17-1) last year with an overall record of 36-22.  Patrick Jones will returns  after hitting .333 last year to pace the Wildcats offense while the top two pitchers from just a year ago are back to anchor the pitching staff.  Hiram Burgos and Eric Thomas both went 9-1 last year and look to repeat their 2008 performance again this year.

 

Bethune-Cookman vs. Towson               8:00 p.m.          Thursday, Feb. 26

Bethune-Cookman vs. Boston College    4:00 p.m.          Friday, Feb. 27

Samford vs. Bethune-Cookman              8:00 p.m.          Saturday, Feb. 28

FGCU vs. Bethune-Cookman                  Noon                Sunday, March 1

 

Click HERE for the FGCU Spring Break Invitational tournament page.

Thursday, February 26th                                             

Boston College vs University of South Florida 12:00 pm

FGCU vs Samford University 4:00 pm

Bethune-Cookman University vs Towson University 8:00 pm

Friday, February 27th                                                  

Samford University vs University of South Florida 12:00 pm

Bethune-Cookman vs Boston College 4:00 pm

FGCU vs Towson University 8:00 pm

Saturday, February 28th                                              

Boston College vs Towson 12:00 pm

FGCU vs University of South Florida  4:00 pm

Samford University vs Bethune-Cookman 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 1                                                         

Samford University vs Boston College12:00 pm   @ Terry Park

University of South Florida vs Towson  12:00 pm  @ Terry Park

FGCU vs Bethune-Cookman 12:00 pm