FGCU Returns to Hammond Stadium to Face Miami
AT A GLANCE: For the third time in as many weeks, FGCU and Miami will square off in a mid-week non-conference battle Wednesday evening at Hammond Stadium. The game marks the second straight season the two teams have met at Hammond. Last year, 3,627 fans turned out in what ended in a win for the Hurricanes. FGCU is coming off a 9-5 win at FAU on Tuesday night while Miami earned a two-game sweep at Boston College last weekend to improve to 8-3 in the ACC.
PROBABLES ON THE MOUND:
NOTES FROM THE MOUND: A weekend A-Sun starter, junior Jason forjet will make his fourth start of the season tonight for the Eagles. Forjet is second on the team with a 3.16 ERA and has 30 strikeouts over 37 innings. Forjet tossed FGCU's only complete game this season, which was also a shutout that featured a career-high nine strikeouts.
200-HIT CLUB: FGCU's senior class has supplied four of the best hitters in the nine-year history of the program. Led by Mikel Alvarez's 277 career hits on the strength of 84 multi-hit games, the Eagles have four current players with at least 200 hits. Stephen Wickens is right behind Alvarez in third place with 246 hits, while Tim Roberson is fourth with 218. Zach Maxfield recently joined the group last weekend at ETSU and his 204 hits include 84 extra-base hits. The group has a combined 942 hits.
HOME RUN RACE: With his team-high seventh home run of the season last night at FAU, senior Zach Maxfield moved into a tie for first place all-time in the FGCU record books with 38 career round-trippers. Maxfield joins classmate Tim Roberson at the top of the list, while the home run race isn't the only record the two are fighting for. Roberson currently holds a slim 160-158 lead in career RBI, while Maxfield is just two doubles shy of the record of 47 set by Jason Louwsma.
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: After batting .268 as a team over the first month and a half of the season, FGCU is off to a hot start in April with 51 hits and 36 runs over four games. The Eagles are batting .333 in April, highlighted by a .526 clip (10-19) from sophomore Mike Reeves and five others batting over .300. Senior Zach Maxfield leads FGCU in nearly every offensive category including batting average (.367), hits (44), doubles (11), home runs (7), RBI (33), slugging percentage (.633) and on-base percentage (.463). Junior Javi Sujo is second on the team with a .319 average, while Tim Roberson's three home runs and 21 RBI are both second on the club.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Tonight is the seventh meeting between the two teams since the 2008 campaign. Miami has won all six of the previous meetings with five of them coming in Coral Gables.
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