FORT MYERS, Fla. – After one of the best pitching performances in FGCU history, senior Tyler Shuck (Cape Coral, Fla./Canterbury HS) has been named ASUN Pitcher of the Week.
“Tyler was just unbelievable this weekend,” said head coach Dave Tollett. “In 20 years at FGCU, I’m not sure I’ve seen a pitcher set down 22 in a row. He’s been a part of our program for five years so it is just great to see him go out there and dominate like that “
Shuck threw a complete-game one-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts against Stetson on Saturday as the Eagles won 4-0. It was just the 11th complete-game shutout in FGCU history and only the second one-hit shutout after Chris Sale accomplished the feat 12 years ago to the day in 2010 against Belmont.
It is the second time in Shuck’s career he has taken home player of the week honors with the first time coming in April of last season, but his performance against the Hatters this week was by far his best performance of his career. His 11 strikeouts set a new career-high and after allowing his only hit and walk in the second inning, the Cape Coral native mowed down the final 22 batters he faced.
It is also the second time this season an FGCU pitcher has taken home pitcher of the week after sophomore Nager Victor (Philadelphia, Pa./East Ridge HS) claimed the honor after the opening week of the season. In ASUN history, it is the 31st time an Eagle has won, fourth-most in the conference despite only being in the league since 2008.
Shuck and the rest of the Eagles will look to make it five wins in a row as they head to FAU on Tuesday for a midweek matchup. First pitch from Boca Raton is set for 6:30 pm
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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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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.