Eagles Set to Host ETSU This Weekend
Thursday, May 06, 2010

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU Baseball team looks to extend its lead in the Atlantic Sun Conference standings as they host the ETSU Bucs in a three-game set this weekend at Swanson Stadium.

FGCU-ETSU Series Information
Promotions: Bring in canned goods for Saturday's doubleheader....get a free ticket
Live Stats: FGCUAthletics.com
Series: FGCU leads 6-0
Last Meeting: 5/2/09 FGCU 12, ETSU 9 in Johnson City, Tenn.

The Eagles (28-16, 17-4 A-Sun) enter the weekend ranked first in the Atlantic Sun standings after a 4-game non-conference series at Clemson last week. East Tennessee State, who has won five consecutive games, comes into the weekend with a 14-7 A-Sun mark and are sitting in second place in the conference standings.

FGCU features two of the top pitchers in the conference in Chris Sale (Lakeland, Fla.) and Richie Erath (West Palm Beach, Fla.). The pair has allowed only 49 earned runs, racked up 163 strikeouts in 150.1 innings pitched, and have a combined record of 12-2. Sale leads the conference in ERA (2.16) and in strikeouts (103). The junior left-hander averages 1.37 strikeouts per inning.

Through 44 games, FGCU holds a .327 team batting average with nine players hitting above .303. The team is led Mikel Alvarez’s (West Palm Beach, Fla.) .386 average with 14 doubles, 43 runs scored, three home runs, and 32 RBI. Stephen Wickens (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) is second on the squad with a .364 average to go with his 27 RBI, 44 runs, and 15 stolen bases. Tim Roberson (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and Luke Smierciak (Gainesville, Fla.), FGCU’s leaders in homers, have combined for 87 runs, 84 RBI, and are hitting .320 and .323, respectively. The Blue and Green have outscored their opponents 348-266 thus far and have a pitching staff that has an ERA of 5.33 and struck out 367 batters while walking 154.

The Bucs (27-18 overall), led by head coach Tony Skole, currently rank second in team batting average (.340) in the A-Sun. Paul Hoilman, who was recently named to the 2010 Golden Spikes Award Watch List, leads ETSU’s offensive attack with his .458 bating average, 82 hits, 66 runs scored, 67 RBI, and 19 homers. The Bucs have a total of 75 home runs, with four players having 10 or more.

Following the series opening doubleheader on Saturday, May 8 (1 p.m.), the Eagles and Bucs meet again on Sunday for an afternoon matchup at 1 p.m.