FORT MYERS, Fla. – With the regular season slate quickly coming to a close, the FGCU baseball team is set to travel to Coral Gables, Fla. on Tuesday for its final non-conference contest against No. 21 Miami. The Eagles and Hurricanes are scheduled for a 6 p.m. first pitch at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
The Green and Blue enter the mid-week meeting with a 21-29 record this season, following an Atlantic Sun series victory over Belmont (W 1-0, W 5-4, L 8-6) last weekend at Swanson Stadium. With one league series remaining next weekend, the Eagles sit alongside Mercer for sixth place in the A-Sun standings, as the top six teams advance to the conference postseason tournament on May 23-26.
FGCU intends to utilize a combination of arms in the contest and has yet to announce its starter for the contest.
Sophomore Brandon Bednar (Stuart, Fla./South Fork HS) has led the Eagles at the plate in recent weeks, holding a .286 average with 27 runs scored and 23 RBI. With a team-best .410 slugging percentage, sophomore Sean Dwyer (Tavares, Fla./Tavares HS) is hitting .273 with 19 runs scored and 31 RBI with a team-high 75 total bases. Stealing a team-high eight bases, senior Ryan Gebhart (Waco, Texas/Midway HS/Missouri) owns a team-best .379 on-base percentage while leading the squad with 35 runs scored and adding 13 RBI.
In the previous meeting with Miami, the Eagles earned their first win in the all-time series with a 4-2 victory. The Hurricanes were ranked No. 6 at the time, marking the second victory over a Top 10 team and third over a nationally-ranked opponent in a seven day span (No. 2 Florida State, No. 28 FAU). Marking his first collegiate start, freshman right-hander Zack Tillery (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier HS) picked up his first career victory, giving up just one run and a pair of hits to the Canes in the top of the first inning. The Naples, Fla. product then buckled down, tossing six consecutive shutout innings that saw him retire 18 of 19 batters he faced over that span.
The Canes come into the Tuesday evening contest with a 32-18 overall record after securing a spot in the ACC Tournament with a series win over Wake Forest (W 11-0, L 7-2, W 6-3) last weekend in Coral Gables. UM is led offensively by catcher Peter O’Brien’s .354 average, adding 31 runs scored and team-highs of 38 RBI and 10 home runs. Sitting second on the team with 77 total bases, Brad Fieger is hitting .303 with 27 runs scored and 30 RBI. Miami has also yet to determine a starter for the contest.
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