Eagles Head Across Alligator Alley to Face FIU
Monday, April 05, 2010

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University baseball team will face FIU on Tuesday, April 6 in Miami, Fla. at the FIU Baseball Stadium. The matchup, which will be the final contest of a home-and-home series with the Golden Panthers, is set to begin at 6:00 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
Location: Miami, Fla.
Game Time: 6:00 p.m.
Stadium: FIU Baseball Stadium
Opponent: FIU Golden Panthers
Series Info: FGCU leads the all-time series with FIU, 5-2.
Live Stats: FIUSports.com

The contest with FIU marks the second of two meetings between the schools this season. The teams met on March 16 in a contest that saw four lead changes and ended with the FGCU baseball team falling to FIU at Swanson Stadium, 8-6. With the score tied 6-6, the Golden Panthers posted two runs in the top of the ninth, which proved to be too much for the Eagles.

The FIU Golden Panthers are currently 18-10 overall (5-4 Sun Belt), and have won three of their last four contests. So far this year, FIU has completed three-game series sweeps of Maryland and Oral Roberts, and picked up victories over Utah Valley, Cal Poly, Louisiana, Boston College and Jacksonville.

As a team the Panthers are hitting .350 and have outscored their opponents 244-201. FIU is led by sophomore Mike Martinez’s .434 batting average. Freshman Jabari Henry leads the team in home runs (7) and RBI (35), while hitting .337. The Golden Panthers pitching staff has an ERA of 5.73 and holds opponents hitters to a .292 batting average.

Following last weekend’s series with Mercer, junior Chris Sale (Lakeland, Fla.) earned his first Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Week selection of the season. The lefty tied a career and season-high with 14 strikeouts as the Eagles defeated the Bears, 9-1, Friday night at Swanson Stadium. Sale, the Atlantic Sun leader in ERA and strikeouts, pitched 8.0 innings, allowing only four hits and one run (unearned) to go along with his 14 strikeouts and one walk.

FGCU (17-10, 9-3 A-Sun) holds a .348 team batting average through 27 games, which ranks them ninth in the nation, with eight players hitting above .337. The team is led by A-Sun Preseason Player of the Year Zach Maxfield’s (North Port, Fla.) .417 average with 28 RBI, 22 runs scored, and four home runs.