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Baseball falls in Kennesaw State in series opener

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FORT MYERS, Florida. – In a battle of the top two teams in the ASUN East Division, the FGCU baseball team came up short in Game 1 of the series against Kennesaw State, falling to the Owls, 8-5, at Swanson Stadium on Friday night . The Eagles drop to 18-8 and 5-2 in ASUN while KSU improves to 18-7 and 7-0 in the league.

“We knew this series was going to be tight,” said the head coach Dave Tollet. “To win games between two good teams, you’re going to have to make winning plays and tonight Kennesaw did that. We’ll have to bounce back tomorrow to try to even the series.”

The Eagles had 10 hits, all singles, and had 16 total base runners, but were unable to come up with the big hit as they left 11 runners on base. Junior alexander rodriguez (Cidra, Puerto Rico/Montverde Academy/Eastern Florida State) had three hits on the night to lead FGCU while driving in one inning and scoring another.

After Kennesaw State took the lead in the second inning on a home run, the Eagles responded in the third with two runs to take the rookie lead. Harrison Povey (Indian Rocks Beach, Fla./Largo HS) beat a field single before Rodriguez drew a goal-laden walk.

The Owls tied the game in the fourth and took the lead in the fifth. In the sixth, Josh Hatcher, the reigning National Player of the Week, hit a grand slam to extend Kennesaw’s lead to 8-2 after six innings.

FGCU had its best chance to do damage in the eighth inning by loading on two hits and one hit per pitch. Junior Stephen Wilmer (Sarasota, Fla./Riverview HS/Pasco-Hernando State/ECU) was hit by another pitch before the grad student Logan Sartori (Lincoln, Neb./Lincoln Southwest HS/Texas A&M/Hutchinson CC) and redshirt-junior Brian Ellis (Oviedo, Fla./Hagerty HS) walked to force two more. The threat ended there, however, as Jared Rine earned a strikeout to leave the bases loaded.

In the ninth, the Eagles again earned the tying run at home plate, but a pop-up ended the game.

Both teams will be back tomorrow afternoon for the second game of the series. The first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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TOLLET COACH

FGCU Coach Dave Tollet currently holds an overall record of 654-393-3 (.623) and an ASUN record of 216-117 (.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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IT NEEDS A TEAM to achieve our most recent goal – a $10 million campaign to address the needs of student-athletes for continued academic success, life skills, mental health, nutrition, strength and conditioning as well as needs of the department for expansion and improvement of facilities as well as mentoring and leadership training for coaches and staff. The name embodies our mission and the goal of the EAGLE – Eagle Athletics Generating Lifetime Excellence campaign. Join our team and commit your donation today to help the Eagles of tomorrow!



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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 43 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.