JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The FGCU baseball team (24-16, 10-5) will wrap up ASUN’s regular season game with a three-game series on the street in Jacksonville (9-28, 2-13) starting Friday night at 7pm
Things to know
– This weekend will play a pivotal role in determining the seeding and host locations for the upcoming round of ASUN division series
– The Eagles control their own destiny as they hunt for the top seed in the ASUN South Division title race. They are currently sitting one game ahead of Stetson and North Florida, who are both 9-6.
– Stetson holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over FGCU while the Eagles hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over UNF
– Jacksonville has had a streak in which they have won two out of three from Stetson despite a poor overall record.
What is at stake?
– The top two teams in the division race will host an ASUN quarterfinal round, with the top seed Jacksonville and the second seed hosting the third seed. The winner of each quarterfinal series would advance to the final four from May 21-23 in Jacksonville, Florida.
– The top seed can only be decided on Saturday and can last until the last day. If the FGCU wins the first two against Jacksonville while Stetson and UNF share their first two, the Eagles take first place.
Last time out
The Greens and Blues won a series victory against North Florida last weekend. Stephen Wilmer (500, 5 R, HR, 2B, 3 RBI), Alejandro Figueredo (.400, 4 R, 2B, 2 RBI) and Cameron Krzeminski (.400, 2 R, 2 2B, 6 RBI) led the Eagles offensively. Joe Kinker added a team-best three doubles during Marc Coffers knocked at four. On the hill, Mason Studstill and Tyler Tipton Everyone took wins and the Eagles got goalless relief Jason Woodward (5.2 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 7 K) and Tyler Shuck (3 IP, 2 H, 2 K, SV).
The Eagles are among the top 60 schools in the country when it comes to hits.
Against Jacksonville, the FGCU has scored 41 runs in three games this year, hit a season high of 18 runs on April 9 and scored at least nine in all three competitions. In total, the Eagles have produced 10 double-digit games this season.
Stripes and other things
Brian Ellis has the team’s top 19 multi-hit games this year. Joe Kinker checked in to runner-up at 14, but leads the team with 13 multi-RBI games and has increased their best streak to six in a row while four others have scored in three consecutive hits. If that’s not enough for Kinker, he’s bottomed out at 15 in a row Ian Farrow (12) close behind.
Eagles glow at night
With Friday and Saturday played under the lights, the Eagles should be in good shape offensively with five players hitting at least 0.300 at night, inclusive Richie Garcia (.383), Joe Kinker (.357), Brian Ellis (.339), Johnny Long (.314) and Stephen Wilmer (.303). Friday night starter Mason Studstill is 5-1 with an ERA of 2.58 in similar games including 44 strokes over 45.1 innings. As a team, the Eagles beat .292 in night games versus .274 in day games.
Brian Ellis has had a monster season from the starting position for the Eagles this year, as the Redshirt Junior achieved a team and the best career of 0.353 with 39 runs, six doubles and 26 RBI. He also drew the team’s best 27 runs and was hit off the field 12 times for a base percentage of 0.479. In fact, earlier this year he reached the base of a team that led 19 games in a row. With the bat, he has a team high of 19 multi-hit games with a trio of three-hit attempts and a four-hit breakout in his record, and he hits a team top .486 with runners in goal position. He’s also third on the team with seven multi-RBI attempts and his career .481 based percentage is second best in the FGCU’s Division I era.
Richie Garcia (224) and Marc Coffers (204) are just the third pair of FGCU teammates to have played in at least 200 games on the same roster. They have joined the duo of Mikel Alvarez (214) and Stephen Wickens (205) from 2011 and the duo of Mikel Alvarez from 2017 Nick Rivera (250) and Gage Morey (234). In fact, only seven Eagles have played in 200 career games.
Several Eagles move up to the top of the program, led by Richie Garciawho sits in the top 10 in starts, runs, hits, doubles, home runs and walks. In fact, it only takes Garcia two more hits to beat Tim Roberson (247, 2008-11) for fifth place in the program’s Division I-era record book. At his next start he will take second place alone and will be just behind Nick Rivera (245, 2013-17).
Marc Coffers Seventh place in the Division I era of the program with 150 career runs, just one behind Jake Noll (151, 2013-16), six behind Tim Roberson (156, 2008-11) and eight behind Zach Maxfield (158, 2009-11) ). Mason Studstill has the opponent’s lowest batting average (.191), fifth lowest earned run average (2.58), and eighth most strike per nine innings (9.83). In addition, he has the fifth highest strike ever among the leaders of the Division I era. Hunter McGarry sitting three parades shy away from sole ownership of the program’s all-time record.
Cam the man
Cameron Krzeminski achieves a team best of .519 when starting an inning this year. He has finished second on the team with nine multi-RBI games and is third with eleven multi-hit games.
Among the best
Several eagles are among the best in the country.
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Lipscomb in Bellarmine, 2 p.m.
Kennesaw State at Liberty, 6 p.m.
Stetson in North Florida at 6:05 p.m.
FGCU in Jacksonville, 7 p.m.
North Alabama, Louisiana, 7 p.m.
Lipscomb in Bellarmine, 2 p.m.
Stetson in North Florida at 2:05 p.m.
Kennesaw State at Liberty, 4 p.m.
North Alabama, Louisiana, 5 p.m.
FGCU in Jacksonville, 7 p.m.
Lipscomb in Bellarmine, 1 p.m.
Kennesaw State at Liberty, 1 p.m.
FGCU in Jacksonville at noon
Stetson in North Florida at 1:05 p.m.
North Alabama, Louisiana, 2 p.m.
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The FGCU teams have come together to win an incredible 85 regular conference and tournament titles in just 13 seasons in Division I. Additionally, in just nine seasons after the season, the Eagles have competed in 40 teams or individuals in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have achieved a national top 25 placement in their respective sport – including women’s basketball (No. 21, 2020-21), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2021) as well as men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) than three of the youngest. In 2016-17, the Greens and Blues reached the top sixth place in the division in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and national top 100 placements, ahead of several Power 5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN, and Florida State’s top seven teams received the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progression in their sport. The FGCU achieved a combined classroom record of 3.50 GPA in the fall semester 2020 and exceeded the general population of university students for 23 consecutive semesters. Another milestone was reached in the fall semesters 2019, spring 2020, and fall 2020, as all 15 programs achieved a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also hit an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.
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