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First Pitch
The Hatters continue their six-game home stand when they host Atlantic Sun Conference leader Florida Gulf Coast for a three-game set, beginning 6:30 p.m., Friday at Melching Field.
    Stetson enters the weekend fresh from a 6-3 win over Florida A&M on Wednesday. FGCU, on the other hand, lost 4-0 at Miami on Wednesday.
    The Hatters will be looking to snap a six-game losing streak to the Eagles. FGCU has swept each the last two series from Stetson.
 
Stetson vs. FGCU
The Hatters and Eagles have met 19 times prior to this weekend, with the Eagles owning a13-6 advantage in a series which dates to 2006. FGCU has won six straight against the Hatters, sweeping the weekend series each of the last two seasons.
    Stetson’s last win in the series was a 13-2 victory on May 8, 2011 in Ft. Myers., a victory which capped a series sweep for Stetson, which is also the Hatters’ only series win against the Eagles.

Scouting the Hatters
Stetson can turn its season around with a series victory this weekend. Through the season’s first 25 games the Hatters are just 9-16 overall and 1-2 in A-Sun play. The Hatters enter the weekend following Wednesday’s 6-3 win over Florida A&M.
    Stetson’s pitching staff has turned in a solid 4.56 team ERA through the first 25 games. Freshman Mitchell Jordan leads the team with a 3.62 ERA, while sophomore reliever Tyler Warmoth is among A-Sun leaders with five saves.
    The Hatters have just two regulars -- Patrick Mazeika (.314) and Josh Powers (.317) -- hitting over .300, while four others are hitting between .250 and .286.

Scouting the Eagles
Florida Gulf Coast sits atop the Atlantic Sun Conference standings after sweeping USC Upstate last weekend. Speed, defense and pitching are FGCU’s calling cards. The Eagles enter the weekend ranked 12th nationally with a 2.27 team ERA, and they lead the A-Sun in stolen bases (42) and have the second-fewest errors (25) among league teams.
    Sophomore right-hander Michael Murray is enjoying an outstanding season and has emerged as one of the nation’s finest pitchers. Murray, who is scheduled to start on Friday, is 6-0 with a 0.20 ERA, having allowed just one earned run in 44.2 innings.
    Offensively, the Eagles are led by Jake Noll, who is hitting .352 with a league-leading 16 steals.

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