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Leto’s Pupo signs with Florida Gulf Coast

Posted Jul 17, 2013 by Jarrett Guthrie

Updated Jul 17, 2013 at 06:00 PM

Leto graduate Jose Pupo confirmed Wednesday that he has signed to play baseball at Florida Gulf Coast University. Pupo went 7-3 in his senior season, with a 1.47 ERA, 97 strikeouts in 71.1 innings.

The right-hander was a Tampa Tribune All-Hillsborough First Team selection in his senior season and went 17-4 in his career at Leto.

Pupo, who moved to Tampa from Cuba with his parents five years ago, said he picked FGCU because he felt the Fort Myers area appealed to him.

“I fell in love with the campus and the area with its beaches reminds me of my (childhood) home,” Pupo said. “It’s a blessing to just be in this country and have a chance to continue my career passed the high school level.”

Pupo said his time at Leto, including helping the Falcons to a 14-12 season and a region playoff berth, was a tremendous chance to stay a part of the Latin community in Tampa.

“Leto was where I wanted to play when I moved here,” Pupo said of the Egypt Lake school. “It was a chance to play within my community.”

Florida Gulf Coast plays in the Atlantic Sun Conference in NCAA Division I.

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