FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU junior Austin Gaines earned Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week honors for his efforts in the three-game sweep of Temple University in the season opening series, announced by the conference on Monday. Gaines went 8-for-11 (.727) and plated a team-high six RBI in the three contests for No. 25 FGCU.
In his first game as an Eagle, Gaines (Dunedin, Fla.) went 1-for-4 with a run scored in the 10-0 shutout of Temple to open the series. In game two, he finished 4-for-4, scored three runs and drove in three as the Eagles went on to a 14-1 victory. The junior leftfielder went 3-for-3 with three RBI in the final meeting with the Owls, as No. 25 FGCU finished the opening weekend with a perfect 3-0 record.
Gaines hit .727, scored five runs, drove in six runs, and had a slugging percentage of 1.091 through the weekend series. He tallied eight hits in 11 at bats, with a pair of doubles and a triple.
Fellow classmate Richie Erath (West Palm Beach, Fla.) received honorable mention as he helped lead No. 25 FGCU to the 10-0 win on Friday evening. The junior right-hander entered Friday’s game with the Owls after Chris Sale (Lakeland, Fla.) threw the first two innings. Erath pitched 6.0 innings, surrendering only three hits. Erath fanned six batters as he combined with Sale and C.J. Evans (Tampa, Fla.) for the four-hit shutout.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.