FGCU/STETSON PREVIEW

Deland, FL- FGCU (12-7) begins ASUN Conference play on the road vs Stetson University (14-7, 4-0 ASUN), starting Friday night for a three game series.

Series Schedule:

Friday 6:30 PM

Saturday 6:30 PM

Sunday 1 PM

2021 Pitching Stats (SU):

14-7/4.27 ERA/1.33 WHIP/2 CG/4 SHO/5 SV/185.1 IP/180 H/93 R (88 ER)/177 K/66 BB/25 2B/4 3B/17 HR/709 AB/.254 BAA

2021 Hitting Stats (SU):

.250/.741 OPS/133 R/173 H/38 2B/4 3B/17 HR/116 RBI’s/.390 SLG%/.351 OB%

Players To Watch For (FGCU):

6’2 R-SO OF Brian Ellis

.380/.914 OPS/18 R/27 H/2 2B/3B/14 RBI’s/.437 SLG%/.477 OB%

5’10 SR INF Richie Garcia

.338/.962 OPS/17 R/22 H/4 2B/2 HR/16 RBI’s/.492 SLG%/.470 OB%

6’1 SO UTL Joe Kinker

.315/.871 OPS/12 R/23 H/2 2B/3 HR/16 RBI’s/.466 SLG%/.405 OB%

Players To Watch For (SU):

6’1 GR OF/1B Hernen Sardinas

.342/.967 OPS/11 R/25 H/10 2B/3B/HR/18 RBI’s/.548 SLG/.419 OB%

6’0 GR OF Andrew MacNeil

.292/1.002 OPS/26 R/21 H/6 2B/3B/3 HR/16 RBI’s/.528 SLG/.474 OB%

5’11 R-JR 3B Kyle Ball

.260/.717 OPS/18 R/20 H/4 2B/HR/13 RBI’s/.351 SLG%/.366 OB%

Pitchers To Watch For (SU):

6’0 R-SO RHP Danny Garcia

2-0/2.40 ERA/1.20 WHIP/10 APP/4 SV/15.0 IP/13 H/4 ER/15 K/5 BB/2 2B/3B/HR/56 AB/.232 BAA

6’3 R-FR RHP Nick Durgin

3-1/3.23 ERA/1.01 WHIP/30.2 IP/23 H/12 R (11 ER)/32 K/8 BB/4 2B/4 HR/112 AB/.205 BAA

5’11 FR LHP/OF Anthony DeFabbia

2-0/3.63 ERA/1.52 WHIP/CG/22.1 IP/22 H/11 R (9 ER)/21 K/12 BB/2B/3B/3 HR/84 AB/.262 BAA

Overview:

FGCU faces a tough test to begin ASUN Conference play in Stetson University. The Hatters are undefeated in ASUN play, after sweeping UNA at the end of February. Stetson is 1-3 vs USF this season, while the Eagles went 6-0 vs the Bulls. Another opponent in common for both teams is FAMU, who Stetson swept in 4 games at home, while the Eagles split a 4 game series vs the Rattlers last weekend. The Hatters beat #23 Alabama on the road this season.

FGCU heads into this game after splitting a four game series on the road vs FAMU. The Eagles woke up winning the last two games, after some tough losses to start the series. Brian Ellis continues to swing a hot bat at the top of the order for the Eagles, and will be counted on in this series vs the Hatters. The Eagles offense runs through their 1, 2, and 3 batters, Brian Ellis, Richie Garcia, and Joe Kinker, and FGCU needs that to continue this weekend.

Stetson is led by Andrew MacNeil, their lead off hitter, and #2 batter Kyle Ball who both pace the Hatters offense.

Prediction:

FGCU takes 2 of 3 games from the Hatters.

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