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Mar. 7-9 | Swanson Stadium | 6:30 PM, 1 PM, 4 PM, TBA
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GAME 1 – Friday, Mar. 7 – 6:30 p.m.
FGCU | Mike Murray (2-0) – 0.42 ERA, 20 H, 7 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 17 SO
MAN | Joey Rocchietti (1-0) – 5.56 ERA, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 8 SO
GAME 2 – Saturday, Mar. 8 – 1 p.m.
FGCU | Nick Deckert (1-2) – 2.33 ERA, 26 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 16 SO
MAN | Joe Jacques (0-0) – 4.15 ERA, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO
GAME 3 – Saturday, Mar. 8 – 4 p.m.
FGCU | Zack Tillery (0-1) – 2.25 ERA, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO
MAN | William Fabra (0-1) – 6.75 ERA, 13 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 7 SO
GAME 4 – Sunday, Mar. 9 - TBA
FGCU | Brad Labozzetta (0-1) – 12.27 ERA, 8 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 7 BB, 9 SO
MAN | Michael Martin (0-1) – O.00 ERA, 5 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 3 SO
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Losers of four-in-a-row, the FGCU baseball team (6-7) looks to rebound in a big way when it hosts Manhattan College (1-6) this weekend in a four-game set at Swanson Stadium, beginning Friday night (Mar. 7) at 6:30 p.m.
Making his first start since earning Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Week honors for his performance against nationally ranked Florida last week, Mike Murray (West Palm Beach, Fla./Forrest Hill HS) will put his 0.42 ERA on the line Friday night hoping to improve to 3-0. Murray’s 0.42 ERA is tops among A-Sun starters that have made at least two starts. He will square off with Joey Rocchietti who comes in with a 1-0 record and a 5.56 ERA.
The first game of the doubleheader on Saturday will feature FGCU’s Nick Deckert (Tallahassee, Fla./Tallahassee CC) and Manhattan’s Joe Jacques. Deckert comes in with a 1-2 record and a 2.33 ERA. In his last outing, Deckert tossed 6.2 innings against nationally ranked Florida, allowed four runs and struck out a career-high seven batters. Jacques is 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA this season.
Zack Tillery (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier HS) will take the ball in the second half of the doubleheader, making his second start of the season. His first came against Illinois in Gainesville last weekend. The right-hander tossed 4.0 innings, allowed six hits that resulted in two runs but only one earned. Tillery will square off with William Fabra who is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA.
The Eagles will conclude the weekend with Brad Labozzetta (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland HS) on the mound and he will be looking to rectify a poor start to the season during which he has made three starts and tossed a total of 7.1 innings, allowed 10 earned runs and struck out nine. His most recent outing lasted just 1.1 innings against Illinois in a game FGCU went on to lose 9-1, dropping his record to 0-1 and raising his ERA to 12.27.
The Eagles will square off with Manhattan this weekend holding 3-1 series advantage. The Green and Blue took three of four from the Jaspers at Swanson Stadium in 2013 outscoring those 15-6 in the three victories. Manhattan’s lone victory came in the form of a ninth inning comeback.
LAST TIME OUT
FGCU fell behind Michigan (3-8-1) early and despite multiple come back efforts were never able to complete the climb as the Wolverines came away with a 6-4 victory on Tuesday afternoon at Swanson Stadium.
Jack English (Delray Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman) took the ball for the Eagles, making his second start of the season. He would toss 4.0 innings of three-hit ball, allowing just two runs and striking out two. The two runs however would prove fatal to English’s record who took his first loss of the season when it was all said and done.
Michael Suchy (Bradenton, Fla./Southeast HS) and Nick Rivera (Cape Coral, Fla./Bishop Verot HS) both sprayed a season-high three hits and combined to drive in three of the Eagles’ four runs. Blake Berger (Jacksonville, Fla./Santa Fe College) collected his first RBI of the season despite an 0-3 effort. Adam Eggnatz (Tampa, Fla./Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate HS) was the only other FGCU player to register multiple hits, his first multi-hit game of the season.
PRESEASON A-SUN AWARDS
The coaches of the A-Sun have chosen FGCU to finish third out of 10 in the preseason voting. The Eagles received two first-place votes and finished behind only reigning Regular Season Champion Mercer and North Florida, respectively.
Mercer received 97 points to go with seven first place votes followed by North Florida with 86 points and one first place vote. The Eagles finished with 73 points and two first place votes. ETSU (69), Kennesaw State (64), Stetson (60), Lipscomb (34), USC Upstate (30), Jacksonville (27) and Northern Kentucky (10) round out the 10-team poll. Both Mercer and 2013 A-Sun Tournament Champion ETSU advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season. The top eight teams in the standings at the end of the regular season will advance to the 2014 A-Sun Championship Tournament hosted by FGCU at Swanson Stadium May 21-25.
FGCU saw seven players drafted off the roster last season into Major League Baseball. Head coach Dave Tollett has now had 20 players drafted over his 12-year stint heading up the program. The most notable of FGCU Eagles in the pros is two-time MLB All-Star Chris Sale who posted an 11-14 record for the Chicago White Sox last season with a 3.07 ERA. He struck out 226 batters in 214.1 innings pitched, picked up the win in the 2013 All-Star Game and ultimately finished fifth in the American League Cy Young Award voting.
The game time for Sunday’s matchup with Manhattan is yet to be determined and is contingent on the result of tonight’s men’s basketball game.
Single-game tickets for FGCU Baseball are available at a cost of $6 for adults and $3 for children. Season tickets are also available. For more ticket information and additional deals, visit FGCUathletics.com/tickets, or call or visit the ticket office at 239-590-7145.