#1 FGCU/#4 JU ASUN Quarterfinals Preview

Fort Myers, FL- #1 FGCU (27-18, 12-6 ASUN) faces #4 Jacksonville University (11-31, 3-15 ASUN) for a three game ASUN Quarterfinals series starting Friday night at home.

Schedule:

Friday 6:30 PM

Saturday 2 PM

Sunday 1 PM

2020-21 JU Pitching Stats:

11-31/6.82 ERA/1.69 WHIP/156 APP/CG/5 SV/365.2 IP/405 H/306 R (277 ER)/373 K/214 BB/85 2B/10 3B/45 HR/1439 AB/.281 BAA

2020-21 JU Hitting Stats:

.257/.663 OPS/1437 AB/195 R/370 H/54 2B/3 3B/18 HR/177 RBI’s/.337 SLG%/.326 OB%

2020-21 FGCU Pitching Stats:

27-18/5.06 ERA/1.69 WHIP/170 APP/2 SHO/10 SV/391.1 IP/452 H/270 R (220 ER)/323 K/210 BB/77 2B/9 3B/27 HR/1572 AB/.288 BAA

2020-21 FGCU Hitting Stats:

.277/.804 OPS/1545 AB/303 R/428 H/81 2B/6 3B/43 HR/270 RBI’s/.421 SLG%/.383 OB%

Players To Watch For (JU):

5’10 R-SR INF Dakota Julylia

.314/.715 OPS/140 AB/17 R/44 H/6 2B/3B/15 RBI’s/.371 SLG%/.344 OB%

5’9 R-SR OF Ruben Someillan

.303/.733 OPS/175 AB/24 R/53 H/4 2B/2 HR/16 RBI’s/.360 SLG%/.373 OB%

6’3 FR INF Jackson Grabsky

.281/.637 OPS/128 AB/16 R/36 H/4 2B/14 RBI’s/.313 SLG%/.324 OB%

Players To Watch For (FGCU):

6’2 R-SO OF L/R Brian Ellis

.378/1.002 OPS/172 AB/44 R/65 H/8 2B/2 3B/3 HR/31 RBI’s/.500 SLG%/.502 OB%

5’9 OF/LHP S/L Stephen Wilmer

.314/.962 OPS/121 AB/33 R/38 H/9 2B/3B/6 HR/24 RBI’s/.554 SLG%/.408 OB%

6’1 FR INF/OF R/R Ian Farrow

.206/.881 OPS/135 AB/21 R/40 H/12 2B/3B/3 HR/22 RBI’s/.467 SLG%/.414 OB%

Pitchers To Watch For (JU):

6’2 R-SR LHP Jagger McKoy

1-3/5.40 ERA/1.57 WHIP/22 APP/GS/4 SV/35.0 IP/45 H/21 ER/33 K/10 BB/7 2B/3B/5 HR/142 AB/.317 BAA

6’1 R-SR RHP Tyler Santana

4-7/5.52 ERA/1.34 WHIP/13 APP/12 GS/CG/76.2 IP/77 H/52 R (47 ER)/80 K/26 BB/14 2B/2 3B/7 HR/297 AB/.259 BAA

6’0 R-JR LHP Tyler Naumann

1-1/6.37 ERA/1.77 WHIP/18 APP/3 GS/45.2 IP/53 H/37 R (32 ER)/48 K/28 BB/16 2B/3 3B/7 HR/185 AB/.286 BAA

Overview:

#1 FGCU faces #4 Jacksonville University in the ASUN Quarterfinals, and the Eagles had plenty of regular season success vs the Dolphins, as they were 5-1 this season vs JU.

The Eagles have one win vs the top 25, and that came last week vs #17 FSU. The Dolphins have two top 25 wins, with wins over #5/#6 Florida and vs #17/#18 FSU. The key to victory in this series will be the pitching. The Eagles and Dolphins pitching staff head to head will be the X factor in this series. FGCU needs Mason Studstill (7-2, 3.25 ERA) pitching like he has all season for the Eagles to be successful. Tyler Shuck (2-0, 4.06 ERA) and Tyler Tipton (4-1, 3.35 ERA) will also be in line for big roles over the weekend, and expect to see both pitchers out there vs JU, whether as starters or long relief.

We also touched on Brian Ellis slashing .438/.544 OB%/.630 SLG%, 12 RBI, 17 walks, 17 runs, 6 strikeouts in 90 plate appearances, and it’s amazing to think he is only a redshirt Sophomore. There has many so much production from Seniors like Richie Garcia, Marc Coffers, and Cam Krzeminski, in the past and present, but it’s easy to forget that there are plenty of underclassmen producing for this team, and that includes Ian Farrow, Stephen Wilmer, Joe Kinker, and Alexander Figueredo. Get excited for the ASUN Postseason, it’s here.

Prediction:

#1 FGCU sweeps #4 Jacksonville University and advances to the next round of ASUN postseason play.

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