FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU baseball head coach Dave Tollett announced today that his program has received National Letters of Intent from eight student-athletes, as well as a commitment from Adam Sargent (Palmetto Bay, Fla.). Tyler Anderson (Cocoa, Fla.), Brandon Bednar (Stuart, Fla.), Brandon Bixler (Oviedo, Fla.), Alex Diaz (Miami, Fla.), Sean Dwyer (Leesburg, Fla.), Jake Foley (Port Charlotte, Fla.), Ricky Knapp (Port Charlotte, Fla.) and Alex Norris (Clearwater, Fla.) signed NLI’s with the Eagles. All nine will join the Eagles as freshmen for the 2010-11 season.
“I am very pleased with this year’s recruiting class,” said Tollett. “The coaching staff has been working hard to try to not only fill the void we will have from graduation, but find quality student-athletes that will get us where we need to be. I am very confident that we accomplished this with the nine individuals that signed to attend FGCU.”
Anderson, a 6-3, 195 pound third baseman, attended Cocoa High School. The Eagles expect him to make an immediate impact, as he will likely find a spot in the middle of the lineup.
Bednar, a 6-4, 165 pound shortstop, attended South Fork High School. He is very athletic and can play anywhere in the infield.
Bixler attended Hagerty High School. The 5-10, 160 pound left-handed pitcher has a live fastball and is around the zone with all his pitches.
Diaz attended Ferguson High School where he spent time at shortstop and on the mound. The 6-3, 185 pound right hander batted .269 with 10 RBI and three doubles. He’s a great competitor and will see time on the mound and in the field for the Eagles.
Dwyer, 6-0, 190 pounds, attended Tavares High School. He can play first base and outfield, and has exceptional power that could land him a spot in the middle of the lineup.
Foley is a 6-1, 170 pound center fielder from Charlotte High School. He batted .479, had a .587 on-base percentage and 11 RBI last season. He’s a prototypical leadoff hitter, who is very athletic and his range in center field is phenomenal.
Knapp is a 6-1, 170 pound right-hander from Port Charlotte High School. He’s another two-way player who batted .489 with 12 doubles, and drove in 20 runs last season. On the mound, Knapp posted a 0.69 ERA in 71 innings pitched, held opponents to a .156 batting average and fanned 88 batters. He has a solid repertoire of pitches that he can locate very well.
Norris, a 6-6, 190 pound left-handed pitcher from Dunedin High School has a chance to get into the Eagles rotation.
Sargent attended Miami Palmetto High School. The 5-10 right-handed pitcher will be a reliable arm out of the Eagles bullpen.