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Preview: Baseball vs FSU

The No. 21 FGCU baseball team heads to JetBlue park to take on No. 1 FSU on Wednesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. Coming into its matchup against FGCU, FSU will take on its first ranked opponent of the year, No. 5 UF, on Tuesday, before facing the Eagles on Wednesday. The last time these two teams crossed path on the diamond, the Eagles defeated the Seminoles 11-8 in 10 innings behind a 4-4 performance at the plate by Jake Noll. After having its 10-game win streak snapped by Ohio State on Sunday, the Eagles will look to get...

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FGCU baseball earns highest ranking in program history

Following a two-game sweep of then-ranked No. 2 Florida and a 2-1 series victory over Ohio State, the FGCU men’s baseball team earned a No. 21 ranking, its highest national rank in program history. Named the No. 21 team from five of six nationally recognized polls released on Monday, March 13, the Eagles are the fourth-highest ranked non-power five program according to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Perfect Game. “I’m proud of the guys and how they’ve played so far this season,” FGCU head coach Dave Tollett said to FGCU Athletics. “We’ve played very well, pitched very well and have...

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Preview: Men’s basketball vs. FSU in first round of NCAA Tournament

Filmed and edited by Katie Hopkins. Earning the program’s highest seed in an NCAA tournament heading into the big dance, the No. 14 FGCU men’s basketball team takes on No. 3 FSU in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament at Amway Center in Orlando on Thursday at 9:20 p.m. “The guys have worked hard and we’ve gotten better as the year went along,” FGCU head coach Joe Dooley said. “We’ve won 18 of 20 of our last games. We’ve gotten better as the season went on especially defensively and that’s what you’re building this time of year.” Tied...

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FGCU women’s basketball punches its ticket to the NCAA tournament

Avenging its regular-season finale loss to Stetson that gave the Hatters the ASUN regular-season crown, the No.2 FGCU women’s basketball team defeated No.1 Stetson 77-70 to claim the ASUN Women’s Basketball Championship crown. Despite the Hatters shooting 11-16 from long range in a game that saw nine lead changes, the Eagles rode a strong performance from China Dow to outlast Stetson and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. With the men taking on FSU in the first round of the NCAA tournament on March 16, this is the first time in FGCU history that the men’s and...

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FGCU softball goes 3-0 in midweek matchups against Holy Cross and Ball State

Following a 2-2 outing at the UCF Spring Fling Tournament, the FGCU softball team defeated Holy Cross, 12-9, and Ball State, 3-1, on Tuesday before defeating Holy Cross, 3-0, on Wednesday to move to 13-9 on the season. Playing a double header against Holy Cross and Ball State on Tuesday, March 7 the Eagles scored a combined 15 runs behind a five RBI game from Erica Ward in game one and a 2-2 performance at the plate by Morgan Sunderland in game two. “We had a slugfest in game one and a pitchers duel in the second one,” FGCU...

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FGCU women’s tennis defeats Xavier

Following a two week break from competition, the FGCU women’s tennis team defeated Xavier 6-1 to move to 4-0 at the FGCU Tennis Complex this season. Gaining momentum heading into singles play winning all three doubles matches, the Eagles took five of six singles matches to secure their victory over the Musketeers. “The girls competed well today,” FGCU head coach Courtney Vernon said to FGCU Athletics in a press release. “They are learning to trust themselves and our plan as a team. We look forward to getting back out there Friday and competing against Troy.” Following a three game...

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FGCU women’s basketball defeats JU to advance to ASUN Women’s Basketball Championship Final

With a spot in the ASUN Women’s Basketball Championship Final on the line, the No. 2 FGCU women’s basketball team defeated No. 3 JU 68-64 to advance to its sixth consecutive ASUN Championship Final. Since the ASUN changed where Championship games are played to higher-seed hosts four years ago, the Eagles will now travel to Deland to take on No. 1 Stetson following the Hatters 78-48 victory over No. 5 Kennesaw State. This is the first time the team will play a Championship Final away from home. “We understand that Stetson earned the right to host this thing (ASUN...

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Preview: FGCU women’s basketball vs JU ASUN Women’s Championship

With a spot in the ASUN Women’s Basketball Championship Final on the line, the No.2 FGCU women’s basketball team takes on No.3 JU on Wednesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at Alico Arena. After shaking off a dismal first-half performance against UNF to defeat the Ospreys 59-42, the Eagles welcome a Dolphins’ side that defeated No.6 Lipscomb 91-64. After JU defeated FGCU in the ASUN Women’s Basketball Championship Final last season, the Eagles and Dolphins split the season series 1-1. Avenging its Championship loss in their first matchup, FGCU defeated JU 60-57 at Alico Arena. Facing off again a...

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FGCU men’s basketball takes ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship Final

(Filmed and edited by Matt Ricci) With an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and the ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship crown on the line, the FGCU men’s basketball team defeated UNF 77-61 to book its second consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament. “I’m happy for our guys,” FGCU head coach Joe Dooley said. “We struggled a little tight in the first half and sort of figured it out at halftime and made some plays. It’s a really big deal for our program to be able to play in the NCAA tournament again.” Heading to the NCAA tournament for the...

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