FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Florida Gulf Coast University softball team released its 2007 schedule, announced head coach Dave Deiros. FGCU will play 32 games at home this season.
“This is our most challenging schedule and we are single-minded in purpose for this season--just making the playoffs is not good enough,” stated Deiros. “We want to put ourselves in the best possible position to win in the playoffs.”
Entering their fifth season of competition, and the final year of NCAA Division-II Independent, the Eagles open their season with two games on the road against Palm Beach Atlantic on February 2nd and Florida Tech on February 3rd. Their home opener will be February 10th against Northwood.
FGCU will play in five tournaments including the third annual FGCU Spring Break Tournament. The Eagles host CW Post, LeMoyne, Mercyhurst, Palm Beach Atlantic and Saginaw Valley State in the event. FGCU will also make an appearance in the Barry tournament from February 16th through the 18th. Barry was also a South Regional Tournament representative in 2006. Following the Barry Tournament, FGCU will travel to the Eckerd Tournament. The Eagles will play in the Lander tournament and at the end of March they will play in the North Georgia Tournament at the end of March.
FGCU will host St. Leo who also made it to the South Regional tournament, February 11th and will play at St. Leo’s March 21st. The final regular season home game will be April 21st against Palm Beach Atlantic and their final regular season game will be the next day against Northwood (FLl).
“We are playing the most games we have ever played (68) and in the most number of tournaments that we have ever played in order to prepare ourselves for the post-season. We wanted to put ourselves in as many high-pressure, concentrated situations as possible in order to acclimate our players to what the post-season will be like.”
FGCU, who posted a school record 58 wins last season and advanced to the NCAA South Regionals last season, returns 14 letterwinners including eight starters. The Eagles also return their three of their top four pitchers from last season who went a combine 44-7 on the season.