FGCU/#5 MIAMI PREVIEW

Coral Gables, FL- FGCU (31-20) faces #5 Miami (37-14) Tuesday night at 6 PM from Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

Probable Pitchers:

FGCU LHP Mason Miller (2-4, 5.97 ERA) vs #5 Miami RHP Jake Garland (6-2, 3.51 ERA)

Stats:

Pitching (FGCU):

31-20/4.94 ERA/1.50 WHIP/CG/4 SHO/7 SV/449.2 IP/482 H/306 R (247 ER)/72 2B/6 3B/53 HR/1794 AB/.269 BAA

Pitching (#5 UM):

37-14/4.14 ERA/1.33 WHIP/3 CG/15 SV/457.0 IP/419 H/244 R (210 ER)/547 K/189 BB/1735 AB/.241 BAA

Hitting (FGCU):

.293/.887 OPS/1807 AB/427 H/530 H/104 2B/6 3B/74 HR/401 RBI/.480 SLG%/456 SO/260 BB/.407 OB%

Hitting (#5 UM):

.297/.880 OPS/1790 AB/408 R/531 H/97 2B/11 3B/57 HR/367 RBI/.482 SLG%/455 SO/265 BB/.398 OB%

Players To Watch For (FGCU):

6’3 JR INF R/R Alejandro Figueredo

.379/1.073 OPS/203 AB/44 R/77 H/17 2B/3B/9 HR/52 RBI/.606 SLG%/34 SO/33 BB/.467 OB%

6’2 R-JR OF L/R Brian Ellis

.376/1.052 OPS/202 AB/64 R/76 H/21 2B/4 HR/40 RBI/.540 SLG%/40 SO/36 BB/.512 OB%

6’1 SO OF/NF R/R Ian Farrow

.338/1.054 OPS/213 AB/65 R/72 H/9 2B/3B/17 HR/65 RBI/.629 SLG%/60 SO/26 BB/.425 OB%

Players To Watch For (#5 UM):

6’0 SO INF CJ Kayfus

.374/.990 OPS/203 AB/53 R/76 H/10 2B/3B/6 HR/47 RBI/.522 SLG%/33 SO/32 BB/.467 OB%

6’1 SO OF Jacob Burke

.360/1.037 OPS/189 AB/54 R/68 H/11 2B/2 3B/10 HR/53 RBI/.598 SLG%/40 SO/20 BB/.439 OB%

6’4 SO INF Yohandy Morales

.340/1.052 OPS/203 AB/57 R/69 H/16 2B/3 3B/12 HR/45 RBI/.626 SLG%/49 SO/31 BB/.427 OB

Overview:

FGCU gets one last chance to beat #5 Miami, after losing at home 11-7 on 3/30, and on the road 5-2 on 4/5. The Eagles are 0-3 vs top 25 teams, losing twice to Miami, and once to Florida State. Beating Miami, would give the Eagles their signature win, they have desired all year long.

#5 Miami is led offensively by CJ Kayfus, who is batting .374 this season, with 6 HR, and 47 RBI’s. Yohandy Morales leads the Hurricanes with 12 home runs this year. The Hurricanes have two hitters with 10+ home runs on their roster (Morales, 12, and Burke, 10). 6’3 SO RHP Carson Palmquist has the most win (8), on the team, and 6’4 SO RHP closer Andrew Walters leads the team with 13 saves, and has an ERA of 0.32 in 28.0 innings pitched.

FGCU continues to be led offensively by Alejandro Figueredo, who is batting .379 this season with 9 HR, and 52 RBI’s. The Eagles have 3 players with 10+ home runs this season, and that list includes Ian Farrow (17 HR), Joe Kinker (17 HR), and Harrison Povey (13 HR). With four games left in the regular season, FGCU would gain huge momentum with an upset of #5 Miami, and we are looking forward to Tuesday night!

LIBERTY/FGCU RECAP

Fort Myers, FL- FGCU (31-20, 15-12 ASUN) lost two out of three games vs Liberty University (32-18, 18-9 ASUN), from Swanson Stadium this weekend.

Game 1: FGCU 8 LU 7

W-Mason Miller (2-4)

0.1 IP

L-Mason Fluharty (3-3)

0.2 IP, 3 H, ER

Outstanding Players (LU):

Stephen Hill 1/4, 2 RBI’s

Cameron Foster 1/4, R, HR, RBI

Aaron Anderson 2/5, R, RBI

Outstanding Players (FGCU):

Ian Farrow 3/5, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI’s

Joe Kinker 2/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI’s

Alejandro Rodriguez 2/4, 2 R, RBI

Game 2: LU 23 FGCU 3

W-Joe Adametz III (6-2)

6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (ALL ER), 8 K, 3 BB

L-Tyler Shuck (5-5)

3.0 IP, 11 H, 9 R (5 ER), 2 K

Outstanding Players (LU):

Three Hillier 4/6, 3 R, HR, 7 RBI’s

Cameron Foster 4/7, 2 R, HR, 5 RBI’s

Logan Mathieu 3/6, 3 R, HR, 4 RBI’S

Outstanding Players (FGCU):

Alejandro Figueredo 1/5, R, HR, RBI

Joe Kinker 1/2, R, HR, RBI

Trevor Kole 2/2, RBI

Game 3: LU 8 FGCU 5

W-Dylan Cumming (5-4)

2.0 IP, 2 H, ER, BB

L-Nick Love (2-1)

IP, 4 H, 3 R (ALL ER)

S-Mason Fluharty (2)

1.1 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 K

Outstanding Players (LU):

Nathan Keeter 3/3, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI’s

Three Hillier 1/5, 2 RBI’s

Gray Betts 2/4, RBI

Outstanding Players (FGCU):

Ian Farrow 3/5, R, HR, 4 RBI’s

Bobby Head 2/4, R, RBI

Brian Ellis 2/4, 2 R, RBI

Overview:

The Eagles dropped another tough series this weekend vs Liberty University. In the first game of the series, the Eagles and Flames went back and forth scoringwise, as Liberty took a 3-0 lead in the top of the 1st. FGCU responded though wiith a 2 run home run from Ian Farrow, and solo home runs from Joe Kinker, and Alejandro Rodriguez. Multiple lead changes, and another 2 run home run from Ian Farrow helped extend the Eagles. FGCU held a 7-4 lead until a Cameron Foster 2 run home run tied the game up at 7 in the top of the 8th. A Joe Kinker walk off single earned the Eagles their first and only win of the series.

In the second game of the series, the Liberty bats poured it on the Eagles. The Flames raced out to a 6-0 lead after half an inning, and FGCU via solo home runs from Alejandro Figueredo, and Joe Kinker got two runs back in the bottom frame. Home runs from Mathieu and Foster extended the Liberty lead to 9-2, after 4 innings played. Trevor Kole provided an RBI single in the bottom of the 8th, and that was the only other offense the Eagles would receive in Saturday’s game. Liberty hit 6 home runs in the game, with Three Hillier coming through with 2 round trippers in the game. Joe Adametz III (6-2) was solid for Liberty, pitching 6 innings, and only allowing 2 ER, while striking out 8 Eagles.

In the final game of the series, Nathan Keeter hit a 3 run home run in the top of the 2nd, to give the Flames their first lead of the game. The Eagles responded though in the bottom of the 3rd, with a Bobby Head RBI, and 2 run home run from Ian Farrow. Liberty scored 5 runs in the top of the 8th, to blow the game open and win the series from the Eagles.

What’s Next:

FGCU (31-20) faces #6 Miami (37-14) for the final time this season, Tuesday night at 6 PM, from Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

LIBERTY/FGCU PREVIEW

Fort Myers, FL- FGCU (30-18, 14-10 ASUN) faces Liberty University (30-17, 16-8 ASUN), for a three game series, starting Friday night from Swanson Stadium.

Series Schedule:

Friday: 6:30 PM

Saturday: 2 PM

Sunday: 1 PM

Stats:

Pitching (LU):

30-17/3.80 ERA/1.43 WHIP/CG/2 SHO/11 SV/417.0 IP/302 H/209 R (176 ER)/496 K/171 BB/57 2B/3 3B/40 HR/.244 BAA

Pitching (FGCU):

30-18/4.56 ERA/1.43 WHIP/CG/4 SHO/7 SV/422.2 IP/432 H/268 R (214 ER)/411 K/173 BB/66 2B/6 3B/45 HR/1673 AB/.258 BAA

Hitting (LU):

.256/1598 AB/301 R/409 H/88 2B/3 3B/48 HR/277 RBI/.405 SLG%/400 SO/232 BB/.368 OB%

Hitting (FGCU):

.294/.888 OPS/1698 AB/411 R/500 H/99 2B/6 3B/67 HR/387 RBI/.478 SLG%/423 SO/249 BB/.410 OB%

Players To Watch For (LU):

6’2 OF/INF S/R Aaron Anderson

.296/186 AB/30 R/55 H/15 2B/4 HR/31 RBI/.441 SLG%/36 SO/30 BB/.411 OB%

6’0 R-SR OF R/R Derek Orndorff

.281/160 AB/48 R/45 H/5 2B/3B/14 HR/40 RBI/.588 SLG%/45 SO/29 BB/.437 OB%

6’0 R-SR INF/C L/R Brady Gulakowski

.251/175 AB/30 R/44 H/14 2B/11 HR/47 RBI/.520 SLG%/56 SO/16 BB/.327 OB%

Players To Watch For (FGCU):

6’3 JR INF R/R Alejandro Figueredo

.392/1.099 OPS/189 AB/43 R/74 H/17 2B/3B/8 HR/51 RBI/.619 SLG%/32 SO/32 BB/.480 OB%

6’2 R-JR OF L/R Brian Ellis

.378/1.062 OPS/188 AB/61 R/71 H/19 2B/4 HR/40 RBI/.543 SLG%/38 SO/35 BB/.519 OB%

5’11 JR C/INF R/R Alejandro Rodriguez

.333/.858 OPS/186 AB/34 R/62 H/5 2B/6 HR/48 RBI/.457 SLG%/21 SO/21 BB/.401 OB%

Overview:

FGCU was swept by Liberty University on the road April 8-10 in Lynchburg, Virginia, and it was a super rough weekend for the Eagles, as the Flames outscored FGCU 27-8 in the 3 games played. The Flames are 4-2 in their last six ASUN Conference games, winning series vs JU at home, and on the road vs Stetson University.

FGCU is 3-3 in their last six ASUN Conference games, losing a series on the road to JU, while winning a series at home vs Kennesaw State University. Ian Farrow was recently named ASUN Player of the Week, after a hot weekend vs KSU, where he had 3 home runs, and 12 RBI’s. The Eagles have three batters with 10+ home runs in their lineup, and that list includes Joe Kinker (15 HR), Ian Farrow (14 HR), Harrison Povey (13 HR).

Liberty has some huge bats in the middle of their lineup, as Derek Orndorff (14 HR), and Brady Gulakowsi (11 HR), provide the pop for the Flames. Aaron Anderson leads the Flames with a .296 batting average. The Flames sit in first place in the ASUN Conference standings, so it’s a huge opportunity for FGCU to earn a series win, this weekend vs the Flames.

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