Home Season to Come to an End for Softball with Three-Game Set vs. Northern Kentucky
Friday, April 26, 2013 | by Andrew Piper (@ADPiper7)
FGCU will close out its 2013 home season against Northern Kentucky (Apr. 27-28). (Photo by Dennis Snyder)
FGCU will close out its 2013 home season against Northern Kentucky (Apr. 27-28). (Photo by Dennis Snyder)
Northern Kentucky (11-36, 5-17 A-Sun)
FGCU (33-16, 14-7 A-Sun)
4/27/2013 | Fort Myers, Fla. | Attendance: 104
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Win: OWEN (10-6) 8.020036
Loss: SCHWAEBLE (5-20) 7.152203
VANHORN (NKU) 201010
CARSON (NKU) 201000

Date: April 27-28, 2013
City: Fort Myers, Fla.
Site: FGCU Softball Complex
Live Stats: FGCUAthletics.com
Twitter: @FGCU_Softball | @ADPiper7
Hashtags: #EaglePride / #ASunSB / #WingsUp
Current Streak: Lost 1
At Home: 19-7
All-Time vs. Northern Kentucky: First All-Time Meeting
Game Times: Saturday, April 27 (DH) – 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. | Sunday, April 28 – 1 p.m.
Game Notes: http://www.fgcuathletics.com/media/2012-13/Softball/PDF/Website%20Notes.pdf


FORT MYERS, Fla. – Looking to secure a spot in the 2013 Atlantic Sun Tournament, the FGCU softball team welcomes A-Sun newcomer Northern Kentucky to town as the Eagles will play its final three home games of the 2013 season on April 27 and 28 at the FGCU Softball Complex.

Having posted a 5-1 record in its last six contests, including a sweep of a Jacksonville team that was second in the A-Sun standings at the time and taking two of three from conference leader USC Upstate, FGCU is clicking at the right time as the offense and defense are playing cohesively. The Green and Blue sit at 32-16 overall this season with a 13-7 record against A-Sun competition. Northern Kentucky comes to southwest Florida with an 11-35 record in its first season in Division I and a 5-16 mark in league play.

The three-game weekend set will begin with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 27, with game one to begin at 2 p.m. The final game of the series is set to get underway at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 28. The April 27 twin billing will be the annual “Hit Pink” day for the Eagles in which the FGCU squad will wear its pink uniforms in support of breast cancer awareness. The series finale on April 28 will serve as Senior Day for seniors Mariah Fernandez (Cape Coral, Fla./North Fort Myers HS), Kayla Gabel (Lakeland, Fla./State College of Florida), Stephanie Kujawa (Cooper City, Fla./Virginia Tech) and Kayla Ramey (Fort Myers, Fla./Seminole State College) in their final home game at the FGCU Softball Complex.

FGCU is 19-7 at home this season heading into its trio of contests against the Norse and the Eagles are looking to reach the 20-win plateau for the fifth time in program history, the second time in FGCU’s Division I tenure and the first time since the 2008-09 season. The Green and Blue are outscoring opponents 143-97 this season, while having collected three shutout victories.

Currently in its sixth season in the A-Sun, FGCU has recorded a winning record in conference play in each of the first five seasons as a league member. With a current 13-7 conference record and six games remaining, the Eagles can secure their sixth winning season against conference competition with one win against the Norse over the weekend.

The Green and Blue will look to capitalize on the opportunity to face an NKU batting order that has struck out the most among A-Sun teams (275) and has also grounded into more double plays than any other conference member (7).

The Eagles are second in conference this season in slugging percentage (.459), on-base percentage (.388), runs scored (273) and doubles (63), while ranking first in triples (16) and walks (217). An evident example of the FGCU offensive is how the Eagles have posted a 32-4 mark when scoring three or more runs in games this season and are 11-0 when scoring 10+ runs.

The Norse were selected to finish in a tie for eighth place in the 2013 Preseason Coaches’ Poll in their first season in the Atlantic Sun and Division I softball and this season they have collected three wins over ETSU, one over Stetson and one over North Florida, as they currently sit in ninth place entering the weekend.

Junior Dee Dee Davis has led the NKU batting order with a .297 batting average, 11 doubles, 17 RBI and a .459 slugging percentage, all of which are team highs. Starring from inside the circle, senior pitcher Emily Schwaeble has collected 151 strikeouts (second in the A-Sun) in 163.2 innings pitched (third in the A-Sun).

With six regular season games remaining, FGCU will look to officially clinch a spot in the top six of the A-Sun standings and a berth in the 2013 Atlantic Sun Tournament which will be hosted by Lipscomb in Nashville, Tenn. The top six teams in the A-Sun standings will face-off in the double elimination tournament that begins on May 8, with the top two teams receiving a first round bye.

The three-game series will serve as the first all-time meeting between the Eagles and Norse as the sides have never met before in the history of the two programs.

For tickets, visit www.FGCUATHLETICS.com/tickets online or call the FGCU ticket office at 239-590-7145. Tickets are also available for purchase upon entrance to the FGCU Softball Complex.

In-game Twitter updates (@FGCU_Softball), results and a recap from the day’s action will be available at www.FGCUATHLETICS.com.