March 13, 2017
BOCA RATON, Fla. -
Among last week's plethora of athletic success, two Florida Atlantic University freshmen stood out amongst the crowd and are being recognized as the FAU Players of the Week. Swimming and diving's Victoria Moretti will be the first diver to compete at the NCAA Championships in 15 years, and Gary Mattis emerged as a new offensive leader for FAU Baseball.
Moretti recently competed at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships, facing off against some of the nation's top competitors. The rookie qualified to compete in both the 3-meter and platform events at the 2017 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships. On the first day of competition, Moretti became the first FAU diver in 15 years to qualify for the NCAA National Championship meet when she took eighth in the 3-meter finals (595.50). She followed that up with an 11th-place finish (473.75) in the platform finals to clinch another National Championship berth. Moretti currently holds the FAU and freshman records in the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform.
Mattis starred for the Owls, who finished 4-1 on the week. On Tuesday the freshman tallied eight RBI at Bethune-Cookman. In that game, the freshman was 4-for-5 with a single, double, and two home runs, including a grand slam, finishing just one RBI shy of the FAU all-time program game record. Two games later, against Toledo, he added another two-run shot, as part of a three-RBI night for the freshman. For the week, Mattis batted .412 (7-for-17), scored at least a run in each game for eight total runs, and had three homers and 12 RBI. He also made the move to second base for the last four games of the week. During the week, Mattis was 5-for-10 with runners on, and 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position. He was on-base at a clip of .565 and tallied a slugging percentage of 1.000.
Head Swim and Dive Coach Lara Preacco, along with Dive Coach Yaidel Gamboa, will travel with Moretti to the NCAA Championships this week, March 15-18, in Indianapolis. The morning sessions on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, which feature her events will be streamed live on NCAA.com and indianasportscorp.org/ncaasd. ESPN3.com will stream the championship finals sessions live on Friday and Saturday night. Baseball will host a mid-week matchup with Rutgers on Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. followed by a three-game conference series versus Middle Tennessee beginning on Friday night, March 17.