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A strong pitcher leads the baseball over the FAU

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FORT MYERS, Florida. – FGCU baseball team got a great pitch from redshirt-sophomore Daniel Bacher (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins/State College of Florida) and Junior Nick Love (Fernandina Beach, Fla./Yulee/Central College of Florida/Jacksonville) Tuesday night against Florida Atlantic as the Eagles beat the Owls, 5-1, in a game that lasted less than 2.5 hours. Les Vert et Bleu improve to 23-14 while FAU drops to 24-14.

“I think we got off to a good start with Batcher,” the head coach said. Dave Tollet. “He was amazing and he was exactly what we needed. From the start until when I came and got him, I thought he was off. Nick Love then came in and kicked the ball exceptionally well too, which we also needed to get our bullpen where it needs to be.

Batcher pitched 5.2 scoreless innings while allowing just two hits and striking out four for his first win of the season. Love pitched the final 3.1 innings to earn the stoppage, allowing just one unearned run while striking out one. One of the keys to success tonight was the ability of both pitchers to keep the ball on the ground as they got 13 groundouts in the game.

The Eagles did all their damage at home plate in the fifth inning as they scored all five runs on their only four hits of the night. Graduate student Bobby’s head (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange HS/Austin Peay) collected the first hit of the game for the Eagles with an RBI triple before redshirt-junior Brian Ellis (Oviedo, Fla./Hagerty HS) hit it with a brace.

Junior Joe Kinker (North Port, Fla./Venice HS) provided the biggest blow of the game when he hit a two-run homer, his 13th of the season and 35th of his FGCU career. after junior Alejandro Figueredo (Sucre, Venezuela/West Oaks HS/Seminole State) followed with a brace, an error from Owl bringing it home for the fifth run of the inning.

FAU got on the board in the eighth with a sacrifice fly, but Love came out of the inning with no further damage before getting three groundouts in the ninth to secure the win.

The Eagles will return to Swanson Stadium this weekend for a big series against Stetson to kick off the second half of the ASUN season. Earlier this season, FGCU swept the Hatters at DeLand, scoring 46 runs in the process.

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TOLLET COACH

FGCU Coach Dave Tollet currently holds an overall record of 659-398-3 (.623) and an ASUN record of 219-121 (.647). He is the only head coach in program history and led the program to its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2017. He is a five-time ASUN Coach of the Year and has guided the Green and Blue to five season championships regular ASUN tournament and an ASUN tournament championship. His team has been ranked multiple times nationally, including 9th in the nation in 2017, and has coached 58 all-conference picks, 33 draft picks, three current major leaguers, 13 current minor leaguers, four ASUN pitchers of the Year, four All-Americans, three ASUN Players of the Year, a National Freshman Player of the Year, a National Player of the Year and a seven-time MLB All-Star.



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ABOUT THE FGCU
FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 89 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 10 seasons of DI playoff eligibility, the Eagles have brought together 44 teams or individuals competing in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have placed in the top 25 nationally in their respective sports, including women’s basketball (#20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (#20, 2022) and men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s football. (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Vert et Bleu posted the department’s best sixth place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and Florida State’s top seven teams won the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progression in their sport. FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 classroom GPA in the fall 2020 semester and outperformed the general undergraduate college population for 25 consecutive semesters. The past five semesters (Fall 2019 – Fall 2021) have each seen another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a team GPA of 3.0 or higher in each. The Eagles also served an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two finalists for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.