Eagles Baseball Moves Up in Two Polls
by Matt Collver
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University baseball team is ranked in the top-25 in both major Division II national polls this week. FGCU (32-10, 24-8 South Region) is ranked No. 15 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and No. 21 in the American Baseball Coaches Association Poll, as released by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
FGCU moved up two spots in the NCBWA poll and is ranked No. 3 in the South Region. Tampa and Catawba, ranked No. 2 and No. 5 nationally, hold the top two regional spots by the NCBWA. Florida Southern, ranked No. 24 nationally, is fourth in the region followed by Tusculum.
FGCU, which had been as high as No. 9 in the coaches’ poll, is one of four teams from the South Region in the national top-25. Tampa (No. 2), Catawba (No. 5), and Florida Southern (No. 15), join the Eagles as South Region teams in the ABCA poll. Tampa fell out of the top spot as Georgia College and State University takes over the No. 1 ranking.
The Eagles have won four straight, defeating Saint Leo University Tuesday night, 7-3. FGCU closes out its season with 12 more games, all against South Region opponents. Lynn University travels to Fort Myers for a three-game series against the Eagles, starting Saturday evening at 7 p.m.