3/19/2014 | Fort Myers, Fla. | Attendance: 2136
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Mar. 19 | Hammond Stadium | 6:30 PM
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Winners of seven-straight, the FGCU baseball team (13-7) looks to continue their win streak at Hammond Stadium when it hosts the University of Miami (11-9) for a mid-week match up Wednesday night (Mar. 19) at 6:30 p.m.
This will be the sixth-straight season that the Eagles will host at least one game in Hammond Stadium and the pair of games will bring the total number of FGCU games played there to ten. The Green and Blue played three games there during their inaugural season in 2003, returned in 2009 for a game with Florida and have played one game there every year since against either Miami (Fla.) or Florida.
The Green and Blue have a 1-7 series record against the Hurricanes heading into Wednesday night’s matchup. The Eagles last played Miami two seasons ago where they picked up there first ever win against them and split the season 1-1.
Last year Miami had an overall record of 37-25 and went on to the NCAA tournament where they lost in the Regional. The Hurricanes come into this game outscoring their opponents 112-109 this year through 20 games and are receiving votes in the national polls. Miami had been ranked nationally all season until this week's poll.
LAST TIME OUT
Jack English (Delray Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman) took the ball for the Eagles, making his third start of the year, this time in place of Tillery (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier HS) who had been out the entire series due to illness. English would toss 4.2 innings of three-hit ball allowing just one run and striking out a career-high eight batters. Brady Anderson (Arcardia, Fla./DeSoto HS) came on in the eighth in search of his nation-leading eighth save but would blow the lead in the ninth and ultimately pick up his first win of the season when Zack Tillery (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier HS) came off the bench to pinch-hit with a runner in scoring position and swung away at the first pitch he saw to drive in the game-winning run.
Jake Noll (Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte HS) stayed hot, going 3-5 at the plate and stealing three bases to bring his season total to 15, just five shy of the single season record set in 2008. Gage Morey (West Palm Beach, Fla./PB Central HS) saw his seven-game hit streak come to an end with an 0-5 effort on Sunday afternoon while Tyler Selesky (Estero, Fla./Estero HS) drove in a run in back-to-back games for the second time this season to go with his pair of hits at the plate.
Noll now leads the nation with 15 stolen bases and Anderson's seven saves are good for third in the country. FGCU starting pitcher Michael Murray (West Palm Beach, Fla./Forrest Hill HS) has the second best ERA in the nation among starters at 0.25. His 13-strikeout performance last Friday night earned him is second Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Week award on Monday.
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.
TICKETS TO HAMMOND STADIUM
Reserved tickets will be $10 and youth reserved for children 12 and under will only cost $7. General admission tickets are available for $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased by calling the FGCU Ticket Office at 239-590-7145 and will be available for pick-up if need be at Hammond Stadium on game day. Tickets will also be sold outside of the stadium by FGCU Ticket Office representatives.