FORT MYERS, Fla. – A total of 12 FSW baseball student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play at the next level and continue their collegiate careers. Davie Inman, Enrique Ferrer, JD Dutka, John O’Connor, Thomas Pipolo, Walfrank Pineiro, Jordan Pinto and Kyle Arjona all will continue their playing careers at the NCAA Division I level, while Ian Kimbrell, Jonathan Cosme and Thomas Reddin will compete at the NCAA Division II level. Jett Swetland is the lone former Buc to move on to NAIA.
All 12 student-athletes competed for the Bucs in 2017 and will head to their new institutions for the 2017-18 academic year.
(Player - School - Level of Competition)
Davie Inman - Coastal Carolina University - NCAA D1
Enrique Ferrer - Georgia State University - NCAA D1
JD Dutka - University of South Florida - NCAA D1
John O'Connor - Liberty University - NCAA D1
Thomas Pipolo - University of Massachusetts - NCAA D1
Walfrank Pineiro - North Carolina A&T University - NCAA D1
Jordan Pinto - Bethune-Cookman University - NCAA D1
Kyle Arjona - University of New Orleans - NCAA D1
Ian Kimbrell - University of North Georgia - NCAA D2
Jonathan Cosme - University of Mount Olive - NCAA D2
Thomas Reddin - Augusta University - NCAA D2
Jett Swetland - Southeastern University - NAIA
Inman, an All-Suncoast Conference First Team selection from Terra Haute, Ind., appeared in 15 games (12 starts), finished with a 6-2 record and pitched 74.1 innings, which were the second most on the team. He also finished the regular season with 99 strikeouts and a 3.15 ERA. In conference games, Inman made nine appearances (7 starts) and finished with a 3-2 record, 57 Ks and a 3.66 ERA.
Ferrer appeared in 49 games and hit. 295. The Barron Collier graduate also registered 52 hits, three homers, a pair of triples and six doubles to go with 20 RBIs.
Dutka earned a spot on the second team All-State team as well as first team All-Suncoast Conference, and played in 53 games in 2017 for the Bucs. He led the team in batting average (.362), RBIs (36), hits (72) and stolen bases (14). Dutka also added three home runs and scored 33 runs on the season.
A 2017 All-Suncoast Conference First Team selection, O’Connor appeared in 51 games and hit .317 with a homer, four doubles, 20 RBIs and nine stolen bases. In conference games, the Boca Raton, Fla. native hit .318, scored 16 runs and drove in 13.
Pipolo, a transfer from UMBC, played in 32 and hit .243 for FSW in 2017. The Mamaroneck, N.Y. native also tallied 18 hits, five runs scored and a pair of doubles.
Pineiro appeared in 13 games and pitched 20.0 innings in 2017. He racked up 19 strikeouts and had a 4.05 ERA. In six appearances during conference play, the Apopka, Fla. native surrendered just seven hits and recorded six Ks.
Pinto, as a redshirt freshman in 2017, appeared in 21 games for FSW. The Ida Baker HS graduate pitched 38.0 innings, recorded a pair of saves, fanned 31 batters and had a 3.55 ERA.
Arjona, a transfer from Jacksonville University, logged 38.0 innings as a freshman at JU, posting a 3-2 record with two saves and a 3.79 ERA. Last season for the Bucs, the Cape Coral native appeared in 14 games (13 starts), finished with a 5-6 record and pitched 81.2 innings, which were the most on the team. He also finished the regular season with 63 strikeouts and a 4.30 ERA.
Kimbrell finished his second season in the Purple and Aqua with a .276 batting average in 32 games. The Suwanee, Ga. Recorded 27 hits, scored 10 runs and drove in 14. Kimbrell hit .301 in 79 games for his two-year stint at FSW.
Cosme played in 40 games in 2017 for the Bucs. He finished with a .262 batting average to go with, 27 hits, four doubles, 12 walks and seven stolen bases. In two seasons for the Buccaneers, the Naples, Fla. native played in 79 games and recorded 12 stolen bases.
Reddin made seven appearances, including one start, for the Buccaneers in 2017. The Suwanee, Ga. Native finished with a 1-1 record and pitched 12.1 innings. Redding had an ERA of 3.65, but led the team in Ks per 9 with 12.41.
A native of Marengo, Ohio, Swetland earned 2017 All-Suncoast Conference Second Team honors after hitting .333 with 12 doubles a pair of triples and three home runs on the season. The third baseman had a .274 batting average in conference play, adding nine doubles and 15 RBIs during league competition.
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The Florida SouthWestern State College athletic program is a member of the Florida College System Athletic Association (FCSAA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Buccaneers are one of 25 schools in the NJCAA Region 8 and are one of six schools in the Suncoast Conference. Florida SouthWestern State College currently supports four intercollegiate athletic programs (Baseball, Softball, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball).
Baseball and Softball began their regular season competition in 2016 at the City of Palms Park in Fort Myers. Located on the Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus in Fort Myers is the brand new Suncoast Credit Union Arena (completed in fall 2016), where FSW’s men’s and women’s basketball teams compete.
The movement to form a unique sports association dedicated to America’s two-year colleges arose in 1937 when several track and field coaches gathered in Fresno, California. A year later, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rejected a petition from 13 two-year colleges in California to grant their teams and athletes permission to compete at the NCAA Track & Field Championships.
In the spring of 1938, following the NCAA’s rejection, those same 13 two-year colleges gathered again in Fresno to organize and form an association that would promote and supervise a national athletics program exclusively for junior and community colleges…and the rest is history.
On May 14, 1938, the first constitution of the National Junior College Athletic Association was accepted by its charter members and the organization held its first national championship event a year later in May 1939.
The NJCAA has played a vital role in collegiate athletics for the past eight decades and continues to be the leader in championing academic and athletic opportunities for student-athletes. This section of the association's website is dedicated to celebrating the NJCAA's rich history and tradition as the national governing body of two-year college athletics.
For more information on the NJCAA log on to www.NJCAA.org.
The Florida College System Activities Association, Incorporated (FCSAA) is a statewide non‑profit corporation regulating, coordinating, and promoting intercollegiate activities in: Athletics, Brain Bowl, Forensics, Music, Student Government, Student Publications, and Theatre.
Membership in the Florida College System Activities Association is open to any of the 28 colleges in the Florida College System. Each member institution is represented in the policy‑making deliberations of the Association through that institution's President or other designated representative. The institutional representatives constitute the FCSAA Presidents Assembly, the ultimate authority in FCSAA.
For more information on the FCSAA log on to www.TheFCSAA.com.
NJCAA REGION 8, THE SUNCOAST CONFERENCE & THE SOUTHERN CONFERENCE
Member colleges of the NJCAA are allotted to a specific NJCAA Region upon membership to the association. Unlike other collegiate organizations that defer to conference affiliation, the NJCAA guarantees each member college's membership within the regional structure of the association. In most cases, region assignment is based upon geographic location of the college.
The region structure of the NJCAA is the primary method used by all sponsored sports of the association in determining qualification for national championship tournaments. In certain sports, two or more regions are partnered to form a competition 'district', which is then used for national championship qualification. The organization of districts varies per sport and is formulated every two years under the authority of the association's board of directors.
FSW is in Region 8 and is joined by ASA College Miami (Region 8 only; non-FCSAA member), Broward College, Chipola College, College of Central Florida, Daytona State College, Eastern Florida State College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Gulf Coast State College, Hillsborough Community College, Indian River State College, Lake-Sumter State College, Miami Dade College, Northwest Florida State College, Palm Beach State College, Pasco-Hernando State College, Pensacola State College, Polk State College, Santa Fe College, Seminole State College of Florida, South Florida State College, St. Johns River State College, St. Petersburg College, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota and Tallahassee Community College.
The Bucs are also in the Suncoast Conference with Hillsborough Community College, Polk State College, South Florida State College, St. Petersburg College and State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota.
The women’s basketball program is Southern Conference with Broward College, Eastern Florida State College, Indian River State College, Miami Dade College and Palm Beach State College.
For more information on Region 8 log on to www.TheFCSAASports.com.