FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU baseball team will begin a busy week of games by taking on a couple of in-state rivals when USF visits Swanson Stadium on Tuesday before the Eagles travel east to take on Miami Wednesday evening at Alex Rodriguez Park.
FGCU is coming off an Atlantic Sun home series sweep of Campbell this past weekend in which it out-scored the Camels, 26-7. The Eagles are currently 11-9 overall heading into the pair of games against BCS Conference opponents.
The weekend seemed to spark the FGCU offensive, as it equaled a season-high for runs scored (10) in back-to-back games to close the series. Senior Zach Maxfield (North Port, Fla./North Port HS/Pasco-Hernando CC) continues to pace the Blue and Green at the dish with a .354 batting average, eight doubles, four home runs and 22 RBI. With his five multi-hit games in his last seven contests, junior Javi Sujo (Miami, Fla./Miami Sunset HS/Middle Georgia College) has raised his batting average to .345 (19-55). Senior Tim Roberson (West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Central HS) became the third current Eagle to eclipse 200 career hits last weekend when he drilled a three-run home run over the left field wall – his program leading 37th round-tripper.
As a team, FGCU has eight games with double figure hits and an extra-base hit in all 20 contests. On the flipside, the pitching staff has limited its last four opponents to less than 10 hits. The Eagles’ hurlers have struck out an impressive 187 batters over 191 innings of work.
The meeting against the visiting Bulls on Tuesday will be the second of the young season for the Eagles, who downed USF 3-2 on March 2. FGCU owns a 4-1 record all-time against USF, including a 1-1 mark at Swanson Stadium.
USF is coming off a four-game series split with Bethune-Cookman. USF limited Bethune to just two runs over the final two games, as the Bulls’ pitching staff sports an ERA of 3.45.
The trip to Coral Gables to take on Miami will be the first of two over the next few weeks for the Eagles, as the two teams will meet three times this year. The final clash will come at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers on Wednesday, April 6 at 7 p.m.
After starting 5-8 to open the season, Miami has put together seven straight wins to move to 12-7. With their 6-0 start to the ACC season that featured sweeps of Virginia Tech and at Wake Forest, the Hurricanes came in at No. 29 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball Top 30 poll.
First pitch on Tuesday between FGCU and USF is slated for 6:30 p.m.
Live stats, in-game twitter (@FGCUBaseball), Cover It Live chat, results and recaps from both contests will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com.