FORT MYERS, Fla. - FGCU’s Chris Sale picked up second team Ping!Baseball Preseason All American honors while Zach Maxfield earned third team honors.
Sale enters the 2010 season with a 9-4 career record with three saves and a 2.94 ERA in 35 appearances. The Eagles’ junior lefthander adds the honor from Ping! to his second-team Preseason All-American honor from Louisville Slugger. He posted a 2.72 ERA a season ago ranking him second in the Atlantic Sun. Sale ranked 26th in the nation in ERA and 26th in strikeouts in 2009. Sale earned Cape Cod League Pitcher of the Year honors over the summer and Baseball American named Sale the top prospect in the Cape Cod League. He also earned First-Team All-Atlantic Sun honors in 2009. The Lakeland, Fla. native also picked up A-Sun player of the week on Mar. 30 after a 12 strikeout performance against Belmont.
Maxfield adds the honor from Ping! to his third-team All-American from Louisville Slugger. He posted a .383 batting average ranking seventh in the Atlantic Sun and his slugging percentage of .738 placed second in the conference and 32nd in the nation. The junior also belted 20 home runs to place in the top 25 both in home runs and in home runs per game.
The Eagles begin their 2010 campaign on Feb. 19-21 against Temple in a three-game set at Swanson Stadium. The Eagles enter their third year as a member of Division I, and have already claimed two A-Sun regular season titles. This season, the 38th ranked Eagles will be eligible for postseason play for the first time in the program’s history. For ticket information please contact the Alico Arena Box Office at (239) 590-7145.