@FGCU_Baseball Travels to Miami for a Mid-Week Rematch with the Hurricanes
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | by Matt Moretti III (@Moretts13)
Photo Courtesy: Linwood Ferguson
Photo Courtesy: Linwood Ferguson
FGCU (16-9)
Miami Hurricanes (14-12)
3/26/2014 | Coral Gables, Fla. | Attendance: 2464
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Win: Derik Beauprez (1-0) 5.020014
Loss: TILLERY (1-2) 4.083313
MOREY (FGCU) 401000
Zack Collins (UM) 403100
Johnny Ruiz (UM) 423000

Mar. 26| Alex Rodriguez Park | 6 PM

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Wednesday, Mar. 26 – 6 p.m.
Zack Tillery (1-1) - 2.40 ERA, 15.0 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 9 SO
Derik Beauprez (0-0) - 1.69 ERA, 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO

CORAL GABLES, Fla. ­­– Winners of three-straight to begin Atlantic Sun play, the FGCU baseball team (16-8, 3-0 Atlantic Sun) will be looking to rectify last week’s extra-inning loss to the University of Miami (13-11, 4-2 ACC) at Hammond Stadium when they head to South Beach for a mid-week match up opposite the Hurricanes Wednesday night (Mar. 26) at 6 p.m.

Zack Tillery (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier HS) took the ball against Miami last week in his most recent start and tossed 4.0 innings of four-hit ball, struggling slightly, giving up two runs, walking three and striking out none. Tillery will once again face off with Derik Beauprez who went 3.0 innings in his first start of the year opposite the Green and Blue last week. He would give up four hits, one run and strike out one. 

The Green and Blue have dug a 1-8 hole in the series against the Hurricanes heading into Wednesday night’s game. In their meeting last Wednesday night at Hammond Stadium the two programs dueled into extra-innings, the first and only trip to extras for the Eagles this season, where UM ultimately came away with a 5-2 victory.

ast year UM 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 being outscored by their opponents 134-132 this year through 25 games. Miami is currently receiving votes in the national polls.

The Eagles completed the sweep of USC-Upstate in a doubleheader on Saturday to start off the season perfect in the A-Sun for the first time since 2010. The FGCU bats hammered out 28 hits, including two homeruns en route to collecting 21 runs over the two games. For the series, FGCU outscored the Spartans 29-5 on the weekend to go with a pair of shutouts, the first back-to-back shutouts for the Eagles this season. The 17 runs in game two are also a season high.

In the first game of the afternoon Nick Deckert (Tallahassee, Fla./Tallahassee CC) took the ball and dueled with David Roseboom for six innings of scoreless baseball until Roseboom finally blinked in the seventh. Deckert would complete seven scoreless and Garrett Anderson (Arcadia, Fla./DeSoto HS) would take care of the rest to secure the 4-0 victory.

Jack English (Delray Beach Fla./Cardinal Newman HS) made his fourth start of the year in the second game of the double-dip and registered his longest outing of the season, tossing seven innings of two hit ball without allowing an earned run. Four relievers cleaned up the final two innings for English to give him his first win of 2014.

Pitching dominated the first game of the afternoon until the seventh when Colton Bottomley (Davie, Fla./Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS) singled to lead off and gave way to Adam Eggnatz (Tampa, Fla./Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate HS) as a pinch runner. After being sacrificed to second, Eggnatz would come around to score on an Alex Diaz (Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson) single, breaking the scoreless tie.

Game two had a quite a bit more action on the offensive side, especially for FGCU. Jake Noll (Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte HS) led the game off with a  single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With one out, Michael Suchy (Bradenton, Fla./Southeast HS) singled through the left side to score Noll easily. Nick Rivera (Cape Coral, Fla./Bishop Verot HS) and Tillery then picked up a single and a double, respectively, to bring in two more runs and give English plenty of run support before he even took the mound.

After a scoreless second, the Eagle offense exploded in the third. Gage Morey (West Palm Beach, Fla./PB Central) singled to get things started and moved up to third on a Suchy double. A throwing error would bring in both Morey and Suchy and after walks loaded the bases, Andrew Valencia (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) doubled in two more runs, giving the Green and Blue a 6-0 lead. The Eagles would add two more in the third to give English a 9-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third.

English would pitch into the eighth with a 16-0 lead now but gave way to the bullpen after putting the first two batters he faced on base. The bullpen would allow five USC-Upstate runs to come across over the final two innings but the offense had done a more than adequate job of securing the victory in this one, 17-5 was the final.

Following another gem to open up A-Sun play at USC-Upstate, Murray earned his third A-Sun Pitcher of the Week award in four weeks and second-consecutive. Murray threw 8.0 scoreless innings of two-hit ball while striking out 10 batters, lowering his ERA to 0.20 which ranks second in the nation. He is also tied for third in the nation with five victories while his 49 strikeouts have him tied for 8th overall

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.