FORT MYERS, Florida. – After a strong showing against Cincinnati on the mound on Sunday in the series finale, sophomore Najer-Victor (Philadelphia, Pa./East Ridge HS) was named ASUN Pitcher of the Week.
“Just an exceptional day for him,” said the head coach Dave Tollet. “He gave us an incredible quality start. Just an outstanding performance and one of the best starts we’ve had in a few years.”
After using 12 pitchers in the first three games of the series, Victor provided exactly what the Eagles needed by pitching 5.2 innings, allowing just two hits and an earned run while striking out 10 and not walking none.
It was only Victor’s second career start and his 10 strikeouts set a new career high. It is also the most strikeouts by an Eagle since Mason Studstill 11 strikeouts on March 6, 2020 against Saint Joseph’s.
Victor becomes the 15th FGCU pitcher to receive the honor. This group has combined to win ASUN Pitcher of the Week 30 times, led by Chris Sale, who won a conference record six times. The most recent Eagle to win the award was the current senior Tyler Shuck (Cape Coral, Fla./Canterbury HS), who won it on April 12, 2021.
ASUN Weekly Awards (February 21)
Player of the Week: Gray Betts, Liberty
Launcher of the week: Najer-VictorFGCU
Victor and the rest of the Eagles will return to Swanson Stadium on Wednesday night when they host Minnesota. The first pitch is set at 6:30 p.m.
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FGCU Coach Dave Tollet currently holds an overall record of 638-387-3 (.623) and an ASUN record of 211-115 (.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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