The FGCU Eagles (20-13, 2-1) already have 20 wins as they head into ASUN play. They have won seven of the last 10 and are preparing for a key weekend series with conference power Liberty (16-10, 3-0). The Eagles have been solid in the circle, and their bats have shown to be effective.
One big reason they are finding success is the bat of USF transfer and graduate student Tayli Filla who was just named ASUN Player of the Week after batting .588 over the weekend in six games. The Eagle compiled 10 hits, two doubles, one triple, and two stolen bases. She also leads the team in hits (34), batting average (.340), and slugging percentage (.570).
In the circle, coach David Deiros has used seven different pitchers but relied mostly on four. Those four are Angelina Bonilla (Jr.), Ally Hulme (Sr.), Baylee Haggard (Sr.), and Claire Maulding (Jr.). Bonilla (5-3) has been the most effective, holding a 2.24 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 54 strikeouts over 50 innings. Hulme (7-5) is not too far behind with a 3.08 ERA and 42 strikeouts over 79.2 innings. As stated, Deiros is not afraid to use an army of pitchers, and the strategy has paid off to this point.
It will be interesting to see if they can stay the course. It is hard to think; the season is already more than half over. The Eagles have 22 regular season games remaining. They can post 30 or more wins for the first time since 2018, when they posted an impressive 39-17 record. The next few weeks will be telling as they tested within the conference.