FGCU Baseball Team Releases 2006 Schedule
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Florida Gulf Coast University’s fourth baseball season will feature games against five 2005 NCAA Division II Tournament teams, including the 2005 NCAA Division II national champion, on the 2006 FGCU baseball schedule released Wednesday.
FGCU, which is coming off a 37-18 season, will have its work cut out to make a run at their first NCAA tournament berth. Although the NCAA has expanded its Division II post-season field from four teams to six teams in 2006, the Eagles will face 44 South Region opponents this spring. Each of the top six ranked teams in each of eight geographical regions will qualify for the 48-team NCAA championship. Last spring, both teams in the Division II final came from the state of Florida, long-considered one of the toughest baseball regions in the country. FGCU competes as an independent in the South Region against teams from the Sunshine State Conference, South Atlantic Conference and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
“We have a very tough regional schedule and face a number of national-caliber teams from other regions in Division II,” head coach Dave Tollett said. “Once again this year, our schedule might be the toughest in our region.”
FGCU opens its 56-game schedule with a single game on February 1 against Barry University. The schedule features 32 home games, including visits from defending national champion Florida Southern, plus NCAA qualifiers and intra-state rivals Tampa and Rollins. FGCU will host non-regional games with Northeast Region finalist Franklin Pierce of New Hampshire as well as Post University. Seven other non-regional home games will be hosted at Swanson Stadium in March as part of the annual Cusic College Classic in Southwest Florida.
The 24 road games include out of state visits to Valdosta State, Stillman, Benedict, Albany State, Morehouse and Paine. The Eagles also travel to face in-state foes Barry, Florida Tech, Lynn, Palm Beach Atlantic and Saint Leo.