Baseball Shuts Out Jacksonville to Take Series Opener

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A strong start by sophomore Jason Woodward (Titusville, Fla./Titusville HS) and a couple of big innings at the plate propelled the FGCU baseball team to an 11-0 win over Jacksonville, Friday evening at John Sessions Field. The Eagles improve to 27-15 and 12-7 in the ASUN while the Dolphins fall to 20-18 and 7-12 in league play.

“Woodward, Carter, and O’Hara were great tonight,” said head coach Dave Tollett. “They gave us what we needed to open up this series. At the plate, we are a big-inning ballclub and tonight was just another example of that. It was a great way to start an important weekend for us.”

Woodward was stellar on the mound as he threw 6.0 scoreless innings while striking out nine to set a new career-high. He allowed just three hits and allowed just one runner to reach second base all night. In FGCU’s last three ASUN contests, Eagle pitchers have allowed just one run in 27.0 innings including 21.0 innings of one-run ball from the starters.

junior Alejandro Figueredo (Sucre, Venezuela/West Oaks HS/Seminole State) and freshman Harrison Povey (Indian Rocks Beach, Fla./Largo HS) each hit home runs and drove in three runs. junior Alejandro Rodriguez (Cidra, Puerto Rico/Montverde Academy/Eastern Florida State) also collected two hits on the night and scored two runs.

Jacksonville’s Mason Adams matched Woodward with three hitless innings to begin the game, but the Eagles got to him in the fourth as Figueredo hit a two-run home run. FGCU added two more runs in the fourth as graduate student Bobby Head (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange HS/Austin Peay)
drew a bases-loaded walk before a wild pitch brought in another run.

Head added a run on the board for the Eagles with a double in the sixth before the Green and Blue broke the game open in the seventh with six runs as the first seven batters of the inning reached base.

Figuredo picked up his third RBI of the night with a double before Rodriguez drove in a run with a single. Povey provided the big blow in the inning with a three-run home run, his 12th of the season, to put the Eagles up a 10-0 before a double play brought in another run.

senior Gus Carter (Melbourne, Fla./Eau Gallie HS/Florida Southwestern State) followed Woodward with two scoreless innings before sophomore Connor O’Hara (Davie, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas HS) finished the game with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

The Eagles will look to take the series tomorrow night against the Dolphins. First pitch from John Sessions Stadium is scheduled for 7 pm

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COACH TOLLETT

FGCU coach Dave Tollett currently owns a 663-400-3 overall record (.623) and a 221-122 (.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 92 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 44 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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