FORT MYERS, Fla. – On Wednesday, the Atlantic Sun Conference announced the 2012 Baseball Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Picking up one first place vote, the FGCU baseball team was picked to finish sixth among the 10 league schools.
One of four unanimous selections to the preseason All-Conference team, Jacksonville’s Adam Brett Walker was named the Preseason Player of the Year, while Stetson’s Kurt Schluter was tabbed the league favorite for Pitcher of the Year. Grabbing the other nine first place votes, Stetson was picked as the frontrunner for the regular season and tournament titles.
Entering the 10th season of the program, this year’s 56-game slate includes 30 home and 26 road contests and features opponents from the ACC, SEC, Big Ten, BIG EAST, and Big XII, in addition to the nine Atlantic Sun Conference schools.
The Eagles wrapped up the 2011 season with a 27-28 overall record, and narrowly missed their second straight A-Sun tournament after finishing seventh in the final standings with a 16-14 league mark. The Green and Blue welcome back 14 players from last season’s team and usher in 19 newcomers to this year’s squad.
Season tickets for the 2012 season are available now at the FGCU Ticket Office located in Alico Arena. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Alico Arena ticket office or by phone at 239-590-7145. The FGCU ticket office is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Season tickets can also be purchased online at www.FGCUAthletics.com/tickets.
Adult season tickets are $89 and youth and alumni tickets are $59. Season tickets are for all games played on campus at Swanson Stadium and do not include the Feb. 22 contest against No.13 Miami at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Single-game tickets, including the Hammond Stadium contest, are also available at the ticket office and online.
The Eagles open the 2012 season with an 11-game homestand at Swanson Stadium, beginning with a three-game set with Bethune-Cookman beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17. Live stats, in-game Twitter updates (@FGCUBaseball), results and recaps for every contest throughout the season will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com.
Preseason Player of the Year: Adam Brett Walker, Jacksonville
Fan Voted Preseason Player of the Year: Dylan Craig, Belmont
Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Kurt Schluter, Stetson
Fan Voted Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Derek Bushey, ETSU
Preseason All-Atlantic Sun Team
Pos. Name School Cl.
C - Ronnie Freeman (Kennesaw State - Jr.)
1B* - Adam Brett Walker (Jacksonville - Jr.)
2B - Robert Crews (Stetson - Sr.)
3B - Ben Carhart (Stetson - Sr.)
SS - Mark Jones (Stetson - Sr.)
OF* - Dylan Craig (Belmont - Jr.)
OF* - Dan Gulbransen (Jacksonville - Jr.)
OF - Aaron Dobbs (Kennesaw State - Sr.)
DH* - Dylan Pratt (ETSU - Sr.)
SP - Kurt Schluter (Stetson - Jr.)
SP - Matt Hamann (Belmont - Sr.)
SP - Brandon Love (Mercer - Sr.)
RP - David Teasley (Mercer - Jr.)
*- Unanimous Choice
Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll
Pl. Team (1st Place Votes) Points
1. Stetson (9) 99
2. Jacksonville 89
3. Kennesaw State 67
4. Belmont 64
5. Mercer 58
6. FGCU (1) 57
7. North Florida 42
8. ETSU 41
9. Lipscomb 18
10. USC Upstate 15
Predicted 2012 Tournament Champions: Stetson (7 votes)
Fan Voted Atlantic Sun Regular Season Champions: Belmont
Fan Voted Atlantic Sun Championship Winners: Belmont