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FGCU Roundup: Jean-Louis picks NMSU, baseball misses ASUN tourney

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JEAN-LOUIS PICKS NEW MEXICO STATE

FGCU had a shot at Canterbury star Berrick Jean-Louis, landing a player in their own backyard.

Jean-Louis said so on Friday, saying he was between FGCU and New Mexico State, and that he’d make his decision Monday.

On Monday, he picked the Aggies.

Jean-Louis apparently hadn’t been on FGCU’s radar until Michael Fly took over as coach, and he made a late overture at the 2-star guard, who decommitted from South Alabama after USA fired coach Matt Graves.

New Mexico State has been in the NCAA Tournament six of the last seven years, including last season under first-year coach Chris Jans. Last season, the Aggies went 28-6 and earned a No. 12 seed, losing to No. 5 Clemson in the first round, 79-68.

FGCU BASEBALL DROPS FINALE; TO MISS ASUN TOURNAMENT

The defending Atlantic Sun tournament champion will not get the opportunity to try to repeat.

A win in their final regular season game was a must for the FGCU baseball team, but a disastrous eight-run fifth inning dashed any hopes as Lipscomb went on to win, 11-4 in the second-half of a doubleheader on Saturday. The loss earned Lipscomb a spot, and left the Eagles on the outside of this week’s conference tournament, as only the top six teams are invited.

After losing the series opener 14-2 on Thursday, and a rainout on Friday, the Eagles had to go runner-runner on Saturday to sweep the doubleheader. They got the first game with a 5-1 win, setting up the afternoon’s winner-take-all affair.

“We came out in game one and got the job done,” said head coach Dave Tollett. “In our second game, it was a close one up until the fifth where it just got away from us in which ultimately we couldn’t recover from in the end.”

Despite having the third best record in the conference, a six-game slump in conference play took the Eagles(32-21, 8-13) from solidly in the tournament field to needing to take two out of three on the road.

It’s the first time that FGCU has failed to make the ASUN baseball tournament since 2011, and only the second time in program history.

FLY ADDS ASSISTANT

FGCU men’s basketball coach Michael Fly has added another member to his staff, announcing the hire of Donnie Marsh as associate head coach on Monday.

Marsh spent last season as head coach of Alabama A&M and went 3-28, though he inherited a two-win team under NCAA sanctions, resigning at the end of the season. He went 31-84 in four seasons as head coach at Florida International.

Before Alabama A&M, Marsh was an assistant at Texas Southern and USF, UAB and Indiana.

Fly said that Marsh’s experience and ability to recruit Florida was the key.

“Coach Marsh has recruited at a high level at each stop of his career and his basketball expertise and experience will be extremely valuable as we guide this program. I look forward to our FGCU family and the Southwest Florida community getting to know Coach Marsh and his wife LaRoyce in the coming years,” Fly said.

Marsh joins Division II Barry assistant Justin Furr, and director of basketball operations Tyler Schwab as Fly’s coaching hires. Tom Abatemarco, a holdover from Joe Dooley’s regime, is also currently on the staff.


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