Wednesday, September 20, 2017

FGCU Manhandles NJIT With 7-Homer Effort, Series Sweep

fgcu baseball player claps after a big hit

“naplesTo say FGCU’s bats were hot this weekend would be a gross understatement.

FGCU scorched ASUN foe NJIT for 37 runs on 47 hits, including a 7-homerun, 20-run effort on Saturday, for a series sweep, stymying a tough stretch of the season for the Eagles.

FGCU (31-16, 7-8 ASUN) scored 10 or more runs in back-to-back games for the first time since a March 10-11 showing against Ohio State, with 20 on Saturday and another double-figure effort Sunday in a 10-6 win at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium in New Jersey.

The squad jumped out to an 8-0 lead by the fourth inning and never looked back.

“We came in here and did what we needed to do,” said FGCU head coach Dave Tollett. “We challenged the guys earlier in the week, and they certainly responded.”

Cape Coral native Nick Rivera, a redshirt senior, became the 11th member in the 39-year history of the Atlantic Sun Conference to reach his 200th career RBI. Rivera knocked in four runs on Sunday and nine for the series.

FGCU heads back to Tampa for a midweek matchup with No. 26 USF (33-10) on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The Eagles scored a thrilling 2-1 over the bulls earlier this year.

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