Baseball Finishes Off Sweep of Stetson

FORT MYERS, Fla. – After a great pitching performance yesterday, the FGCU baseball team had a big offensive day on Sunday to defeat Stetson, 15-1, and complete a three-game sweep of the Hatters. The Eagles improve to 26-14 on the season and 11-7 in the ASUN while Stetson falls to 18-21 and 5-13 in league play.

“It was a great weekend for the Eagles,” said head coach Dave Tollett. “We played how we know we can play and capped it off today with a great offensive performance, especially from Alejandro Figueredo and Alejandro Rodriguez. All of our pitchers today I thought did great as well, walking just one batter in nine innings. If we keep playing like this the rest of the season, we’ll be in good shape.”

junior Alejandro Figueredo (Sucre, Venezuela/West Oaks HS/Seminole State) had a huge day, going 5-for-5 with a home, two doubles, four RBI, and four runs scored. Not to be outdone, junior Alejandro Rodriguez (Cidra, Puerto Rico/Montverde Academy/Eastern Florida State) went 4-for-5 at the plate with two home runs, five RBI, and four runs scored.

Five Eagle pitchers also combined for a great day on the mound, led by senior Joey Mugavero (Estero, Fla./Estero HS/Florida Southwestern State) who got the start and threw 6.0 innings with six strikeouts, no walks, and one run allowed.

Figueredo and Rodriguez got the Eagles going in the first as they each drove in a run to give the Eagles an early 2-0 lead. After a couple of scoreless innings, the Eagles added four more in the fourth. Rodriguez and graduate student Logan Sartori (Lincoln, Neb./Lincoln Southwest HS/Texas A&M/Hutchinson CC) each had RBI singles before graduate student Bobby Head (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange HS/Austin Peay) drove in two more with a double.

After Stetson got on the board in the fifth, Rodriguez clocked his first home run of the game and fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot to put the Eagles up 8-1 after five.

The Green and Blue blew the game open in the sixth with seven runs. redshirt-junior Brian Ellis (Oviedo, Fla./Hagerty HS) and junior Joe Kinker (North Port, Fla./Venice HS) each drove in runs with singles before Figueredo and Rodriguez hit back-to-back home runs. For Figueredo, his home run, a three-run shot, was his seventh of the season. He is also now hitting .395 on the season after his five hits this afternoon.

The Eagles will look to keep it rolling on Tuesday when they travel to FAU. First pitch from Boca Raton is set for 6:30 pm

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COACH TOLLETT

FGCU coach Dave Tollett currently owns a 661-399-3 overall record (.623) and a 220-122 (.647) record in the ASUN. He is the only head coach in the program’s 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 ASUN Regular Season Championships and one ASUN Tournament Championship. His team has been ranked nationally on several occasions, including as high as No. 9 in the country in 2017, and has coached 58 all-conference selections, 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, one National Freshman Player of the Year, one National Player of the Year and one seven-time MLB All-Star.



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ABOUT 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 postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 43 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have earned a top-25 national ranking in their respective sport – including women’s basketball (No. 20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2022) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Green and Blue posted a department-best sixth-place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 showing nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and state of Florida best seven teams earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their Academic Progress Rate in their sport. FGCU also collectively earned a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall 2020 semester and has outperformed the general University undergraduate population for 25 consecutive semesters. The past five semesters (Fall 2019 – Fall 2021) each saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0-or-higher team GPA in each. The Eagles also served an all-time high 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.

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