FORT MYERS, Fla. – Two Florida Gulf Coast University baseball players were selected to the Florida Collegiate Summer League All-Star Team. Junior pitchers J.J. Crumbley and transfer Wesley Spickard were chosen for the West squad which lost 3-0 in last week’s game.
The Florida Collegiate Summer League is a Wood Bat Baseball League with six teams in Central Florida. FCSL was founded in November 2003 to provide a place in Florida for college players to play pure wood bat baseball against top-level competition, in a festive community environment. FCSL is one of eight leagues affiliated with the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball (NACSB) - an alliance of college summer wood bat leagues which operate following NCAA legislation.
The schedule includes 34 night games, with very minimal travel. It is designed to allow players time during the day to work, attend summer classes, or condition on their own. FCSL is all about volunteerism – volunteers operate the league, staff the games, and the players volunteer in their team’s communities. Fourteen players from the 2005 FCSL were recently drafted and five alumni signed this summer with professional organizations.
J.J. Crumbley is one of the top closers in the league. While playing for the Altamonte Springs Snappers, Crumbley has accrued a 2-0 record with a phenomenal ERA of 0.83. He has five saves with 22 strikeouts and has only given up one walk in 21 innings. Crumbley has also started seven games as a utility player, both in the infield and outfield. He is hitting .281 with nine hits, two doubles, five RBI, and has swiped three bases.
Wesley Spickard is 1-1 with an ERA of 2.12 for the Orlando Shockers. He has 19 strikeouts, one save and opposing batters are only hitting .190 off of him. Spickard came into the FCSL All-Star game as a relief pitcher. With the score knotted at zero, Spickard recorded the loss when he gave up a two-run homer to Samford University’s Benji Waite. Waite ended up being the game's MVP as the East squad pulled off the 3-0 victory.
Another Eagle is playing in the Florida Collegiate Summer League. Redshirt freshman second baseman, Matt Cummins is playing for the Winter Pines Warthogs. He has made six starts with eight appearances. Cummins is hitting .118 and holds a flawless fielding percentage. Cummins is expected to compete for a position in the infield for the Eagles who finished this past season with an NCAA tournament berth and a record of 41-17.
For more information on the Florida Collegiate Summer League, visit Florida League