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Tempers flare as No. 9 FGCU baseball loses series to Jacksonville

The No. 9 FGCU baseball team dropped its second-straight game to Jacksonville 5-2 in a game that featured seven players being ejected along with a 45-minute delay with lightning. In the top of the eighth inning, the Dolphins had the bases loaded with one out when Chris Lehane flied out to shallow left, and Eli Lovell threw home to get Scott Armstrong at the plate. Armstrong tried to run over catcher Spencer Levine and immediately both benches emptied as they met behind home plate. Punches were thrown and it resulted in FGCU losing Nick Rivera, Matt Reardon, and Alex Brait for the rest of the game. Armstrong along with three other Dolphins were ejected as well. “Well, I think it started yesterday when we called time and they threw at us,” FGCU head coach Dave Tollett said. “Then they tried to run over our catcher. That’s just not how we play.” Garrett Anderson took the hill for the Eagles and worked into the eighth inning for the second time this year. FGCU jumped out to an early 1-0 thanks to an RBI single by Marc Coffers that scored Julio Gonzalez. Despite a leadoff double in the top of the fourth and having runners on first and second with no outs in the fifth, Anderson escaped trouble to keep the 1-0 lead. The Eagles tacked on another run after Kulina...

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No. 9 FGCU baseball’s 10-game win streak comes to an end with loss to Jacksonville

The No. 9 FGCU baseball team’s 10-game win streak came to an end on Saturday as Jacksonville defeated FGCU 10-5. The Dolphins scored seven times in the last two innings to even up the three-game series at a game apiece. “It was a difficult Saturday afternoon (game) in the conference,” FGCU head coach Dave Tollett said. “They’re battles. It doesn’t matter who it is, it’s battles, and they were a little better than us in the eighth and ninth and that’s not been the case for 24 games. We got to strap them back on and get ready to...

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No. 9 FGCU baseball earns first conference victory of the year with 4-0 win over Jacksonville

In its first game of Atlantic Sun conference play, the No. 9 FGCU baseball team defeated Jacksonville 4-0 on Friday night at Swanson Stadium. Both head coaches put out their aces, as Kutter Crawford (5-0) went up against Michael Baumann (1-3). Baumann came into the season projected to be a fifth-round draft pick. Crawford and Baumann each came into the game striking out just a little fewer than 1.5 batters per inning. Crawford got the upper hand against the projected fifth-round pick, as the junior right hander went 5 2/3 innings, allowing no runs on one hit. “Kutter (Crawford)...

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No. 9 FGCU baseball rides strong performance from Mario Leon to beat Miami

Following a series sweep of Jackson State, the No. 9 FGCU baseball team defeated Miami 3-0 thanks to a strong performance on the hill by Mario Leon. The Eagles have now completed a sweep of the big-three Florida schools with wins vs Miami, Florida State and Florida. They’ve also beaten USF and FAU to sweep the state of Florida. Mario Leon, who has been called upon to pitch in the midweek games, threw his best outing of the season, going seven innings, two hits and giving up no runs in front of a Swanson Stadium record 2,074 fans. “Honestly,...

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No. 12 FGCU baseball completes three-game sweep of Jackson State

Extending its win streak to eight, the No. 12 FGCU baseball completed a three-game sweep against Jackson State with a 5-1 victory on Sunday. Josh Dye (5-1) went seven innings, allowing one run to pick up his fifth win of the season. “Josh Dye was outstanding today,” FGCU head coach Dave Tollett said. “Probably his best outing for us. He was in control the whole game. I felt like calling pitches was like driving a Cadillac. I mean everything I called, he put it where I wanted. He was spot on.” Early on, it was a pitching duel between...

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No. 12 FGCU claims series victory over Jackson State

With a chance to claim its seventh series win of the season, the No. 12 FGCU baseball team defeated Jackson State 6-4 to claim the series win ahead of their last matchup on March 26. The Eagles added two runs in the eighth inning to go up 6-2, and those two runs would be the difference as Jackson State rallied with two in the ninth, but couldn’t tie game. “Those insurance runs are always huge,” head coach Dave Tollett said in a recent FGCU Athletics press release. “The eighth inning has been a great inning for us. It seems like in the eighth we...

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No. 12 FGCU baseball wins its sixth straight with win over Jackson State

The No. 12 FGCU baseball team picked up its 16th win at home and won its sixth-straight game, defeating Jackson State 7-4. Sterling Koerner closed out the ninth inning with his program-record 15th save and his eighth of the season. “Honestly, it’s awesome,” Koerner said. “We’re doing really well and they’re giving me the opportunity to go out there and get some saves. I’m honored to be the new saves leader, and it’s a great feeling.” Garrett Anderson took the hill for the Eagles and had to work hard to get through his four innings. He allowed three runs,...

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No. 12 FGCU baseball snaps No. 21 USF’s 19-game win streak

The No. 12 FGCU baseball team knocked off its third-ranked opponent of the season Wednesday night, defeating No. 21 USF 2-1. Spencer Levine sixth inning home run proved to be the game-winner as FGCU picked up its 19th win of the season and snapped the Bulls’ 19-game win streak. Mario Leon (1-1) made the start for the Eagles and picked up the win going six innings with a career-high eight strikeouts. “Everything was on,” Leon said to FGCU Athletics. “In the first inning, I struggled a bit with my changeup command, but after that, I got some confidence in it. I was...

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FGCU baseball moves to No. 12 in national rankings

After starting the season out 18-3, the FGCU baseball team moved to a ranking of No. 12 by Baseball America. The Eagles have been selected in the top 20 in all six of the different nationals polls in college baseball. After projecting to be finished in a tie for fourth place in the Atlantic Sun by the Coaches’ poll, the Eagles have started their year off 18-3 with wins over both the No. 1 and 2 ranked teams in the country. The Eagles swept a home and home series victory over No. 2 UF and followed that up with...

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No. 21 FGCU baseball takes games two and three to complete three game sweep of Rutgers

Following the programs first ever win vs. a No.1 team on Wednesday, the No. 21 FGCU baseball team completed a three game sweep of Big Ten member Rutgers. “Sweeps are huge, I think it says a lot about your club,” said FGCU head coach Dave Tollett. “If you can sweep teams, you are pretty tenacious. Last week we weren’t able to get it done. Sweeps are tough. They don’t come easy. This is division one baseball so we respect a sweep and we are very grateful that we got it for sure.” The Eagles went into the three game...

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