FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University baseball team will host FIU on Tuesday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. in Swanson Stadium. The matchup will be the first contest of a home-and-home series with the Golden Panthers this season, with the Eagles heading to Miami on April 6th.
Date: Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
Location: Fort Myers, Fla.
Game Time: 6:30 p.m.
Stadium: Swanson Stadium
Opponent: FIU Golden Panthers
The contest with FIU marks the first of two meetings between the schools this season. The teams met in a home-and-home series last season, with the Eagles taking both games. In Miami, Fla., FGCU battled to an 11-9 victory and completed the sweep with an 8-4 win at Swanson Stadium. FGCU leads the all-time series with FIU, 5-1.
The FIU Golden Panthers bring a 9-6 record to Fort Myers, including a 15-11 loss to Rutgers on Sunday afternoon. So far this year, FIU completed three-game series sweeps of Maryland and Oral Roberts, and picked up single game victories over Utah Valley, Cal Poly, and Boston College.
The Panthers biggest offensive threats are sophomore Pablo Bermudez and freshman Jabari Henry. In 12 starts, Bermudez is batting .414 with three home runs and nine RBI. Henry was recently named Louisville Slugger's National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week. The newcomer is batting .344 with team-highs in home runs (6) and RBI (24).
Following last weekend’s series with USC Upstate, junior Tim Roberson (West Palm Beach, Fla.) earned his first Atlantic Sun Player of the Week selection of the season. The third baseman hit .625, had a slugging percentage of 1.125, while reaching base over 60-percent of the time. Roberson also registered 10 hits, scored eight runs, drove in six runs, and had a pair of doubles and a pair of homers. For the season, Roberson is hitting .417 with 19 runs scored, three home runs and 17 RBI.
Through 14 games this season, FGCU has a team batting average of .367, with eight regulars hitting .333 or higher. The Blue and Green have outscored their opponents 144-80 thus far and have a pitching staff that has struck out 136 batters while walking 42.