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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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FGCU baseball continues historic start to season with win over Rutgers

The FGCU baseball team continued its best start in program history with a 5-2 victory over Rutgers. Coming off the team’s first ever win against the number one team in the country, No. 1 FSU on Wednesday night, The Eagles moved to 16-3 on the season with Friday night’s win. Garrett Anderson, 2-0, pitched a career-high eight innings to pick up his second win of the season, giving up two runs along the way. “It feels real good. There’s no lying about that or hidden truths,” FGCU head coach Dave Tollett said. “Were having a lot of fun and...

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FGCU women’s basketball falls to Miami in the first round of the NCAA Tournament

After making an NCAA tournament appearance for the fourth time in six years, the No. 14 FGCU women’s basketball team fell to No. 3 Miami 62-60 in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Coral Gables. Trailing by as many as 13 points, Taylor Gradinjan shook off a poor shooting performance, knocking down a corner three to tie the game at 60 with 8.6 left seconds left. Following Gradinjan’s triple, Keyona Hayes hit a layup to give the Hurricanes a two-point lead leaving 1.8 seconds on the clock. Driving at Gradinjan and knocking her over before making the...

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No. 21 FGCU baseball knocks down No. 1 FSU

For the first time in program history, the No. 21 FGCU baseball team defeated the number one team in the country, No. 1 Florida State 5-2 at JetBlue Park 5-2. The Eagles recently tied a program record for wins against a top-ranked opponent by sweeping the then No. 2 UF in a home and home series, and now the Eagles have broken that mark with their win on Wednesday. “Florida State is a quality program year end and year out, one of best programs in the country,” FGCU head coach Dave Tollett said. “It just feels really great to beat...

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