Baseball to Welcome Columbia in Weeknight Contests
Monday, March 14, 2011
FORT MYERS, Fla. – In the first meeting between the two programs, the FGCU baseball team will host the Ivy League’s Columbia in a pair of mid-week games at Swanson Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday. Both contests are scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. opening pitch.

Coming off an Atlantic Sun series with Mercer over the weekend that concluded with a 16-inning 6-3 victory in the final game, the Eagles bring their 8-7 (3-3 A-Sun) record into the weeknight games.

A trio of Eagles hold averages above the .300 plateau through the first 15 games. Senior Zach Maxfield (North Port, Fla./North Port HS/Pasco-Hernando CC) continues to lead the charge with his .367 mark, which has featured team-bests with 22 hits, 17 RBI, six doubles, four homeruns, 12 walks, a .667 slugging percentage and a .480 on-base percentage. Junior Javi Sujo (Miami, Fla./Miami Sunset HS/Middle Georgia College) is batting .324 and slugging .351 with a .395 OBP and senior Stephen Wickens (Whitby, Ontario/Sinclair Secondary) is hitting .309 with a team-high 21 runs scored.

On the bump, the Eagles have yet to name starters for the two contests.

Columbia is set to compete in a Monday afternoon game with South Alabama to close their four-game series. The Lions dropped the opening two contests in the set, but came back with a 5-2 victory in game three to level their record at 3-3 on the season. Like the Eagles, Columbia owns wins over Illinois and Central Michigan.

Alex Godshall holds a .500 batting average and on-base percentage through the opening six games, while Dario Pizzano and Nick Cox each sit above .300, hitting .429 and .367, respectively.

With the season now in full swing, the FGCU baseball team has announced its recently launched Twitter page. Eagle fans can now follow the three-time defending Atlantic Sun champs on the social networking site @FGCUBaseball.

Also new this season, Eagle baseball fans will have direct access to the press box for all home games, and select away games, through the use of the Cover It Live platform. Followers will be able to chat with other fans, get clarification on plays and calls, ask questions and obtain team, player and opponent records and statistics while the game progresses. This feature will be available for both contests with Columbia, as well as, the upcoming A-Sun weekend series with Campbell. The Cover It Live coverage will begin approximately 30 minutes prior to the opening pitch.

Live stats, in-game twitter (@FGCUBaseball), Cover It Live chat, results and recaps from the contest will be available at