FORT MYERS, Fla., - The FGCU baseball team, the defending Atlantic Sun Champions, have announced their schedule today. The schedule features 31 home games and 13 games against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
“This is easily the most challenging schedule that we have ever faces,” said Head Coach Dave Tollett. “Wichita State, Florida, Florida State and Miami are all great programs that have a chance to make it to Omaha every year. We are trying to bring high quality baseball programs to Southwest Florida and this schedule has done that.”
The Eagles open the season with a 15-game homestand beginning on February 20th against Central Michigan in the FGCU Invitational. The field for the tournament includes super regional participant Wichita State. The Shockers are a fixture in postseason baseball under legendary coach Gene Stephenson. The field also includes Temple.
The following weekend, the Eagles host the FGCU Baseball Classic which includes Samford, Towson, South Florida and Bethune-Cookman. After the Classic, the Eagles host Boston College for two games and begin A-Sun play with Campbell. The final two games of the 15-game homestand see the Eagles host Big 10 foe Penn State for two games.
The Eagles then get into the bulk of conference play with series at UNF and home against Jacksonville. Following the Jacksonville series, the Eagles begin an 11-game road trip with College World Series participant Florida State and road trips to A-Sun foes Belmont and Mercer.
One of the highlights of the season is a visit from Florida on Tuesday April 21. The Eagles and Gators will face off in Hammond Stadium and then travel to Miami on the 22nd of April for the first of two meetings against the Hurricanes. Last season, the Eagles dropped a 4-2 heartbreaker in extra innings to the #1 ranked team in the county.
The Eagles finish the season with three at home against Atlantic Sun rival Stetson.
FGCU won the Atlantic Sun last season with a 38-15 record and set a league record for wins by a first year program. The Eagles dominated the leagues postseason awards winning Pitcher, Player and Coach of the Year and had eight players named All-Conference.