Eagles take 2-0 record in the Gene Cusic Classic
Friday, March 05, 2004
LaTanya Mitchell Assistant Sports Information 10501 FGCU Blvd. South Ft. Myers, FL 33965 239-590-6071 (ph) 239-590-7014 (fax) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Softball March 5, 2004 Tournament Action Selem International University 0, Florida Gulf Coast 7 (Game 1) Saint Anselm College 0, Florida Gulf Coast 8 (Game 2) Next Game: Monday, March 8, versus Holy Family University in the Gene Cusic Tournament first pitch set for 5:00pm. EAGLES SWEEP PAST SALEM INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY & SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE IN THE FIRST DAY OF THE GENE CUSIC TOURNAMENT FORT MYERS, Fla. – Florida Gulf Coast University didn’t wait until the later innings to unleash its offense, they started in the first inning scoring early in both halves of the Gene Cusic Tournament action Friday afternoon at the FGCU sports complex. FGCU took their tournament opener 7-0 against Salem International University and needed six innings to beat Saint Anselm in the nightcap 8-0. Kelly Powe (8-5) threw a complete game and gave up three hits, while striking out nine as she picked up her eighth win shutting Salem International out. Sophomore Erin Ogden stayed hot going 2 for 3 at the plate while driving in two runs, as Kristy Ringler found her touch going 3 for 3. In game two Annie Voyles collects her fifth win of the season, as junior Ashley Cecil improves her batting average to .411 In the opener, the Eagles opened up the scoring in bottom of the first when Lindsey Ijjas grounded to the shortstop bringing in the speedy Ashley Cecil who led the game off with a walk. Junior Kelly Powe (8-5) dominated the game, as Salem International University Tigers was unable to score. The Eagles then broke the game open with a three run inning in the bottom of the third, as Christine Beck led the charge with a triple to left center, followed by Kristy Ringler RBI single to the shortstop. Ashley Cecil reached on a fielding error, leaving two runners on for the sophomore Erin Ogden who drove her teammates in on double to the centerfield wall. The 4-0 lead wasn’t good enough for the Eagles, as they tacked on three more runs in the next couple of innings, going into the seventh with a 7-0 lead. Offensively, the Eagles hit the ball hard having nine hits in six innings of play. Leading the soaring Eagles past the grounded Tigers was Kristy Ringler who went 3 for 3 at the plate, and Erin Ogden going 2 for 3. Other contributors included Ashley Cecil, Blaire Toleman, Annie Voyles, and Christine Beck each with a base hit. Taking the loss for the Tigers was senior pitcher Kelly Wolke, as the Eagles won their first game of the tournament impressively 7-0. Her counterpart Kelly Powe (8-5) threw a complete game and gave up three hits, while striking out nine as she picked up her eighth win of the season. Although the Eagles soared to an easy win in the first game, the second game would be a nail-biter until the to fourth, as neither team mounted a threat as they went scoreless throughout three. The Eagles drew first blood, taking advantage of a St. Anselm defensive miscue to score five in the fourth inning. Ashley Cecil singled, Natasha Meyer moved her over on a sacrifice bunt. Lindsey Ijjas reached on a fielder's choice as Ashley Cecil scored on the throw. Followed by Erin Ogden reaching on fielding error, while Lindsey Ijjas scored on a wild pitch. Beautiful hitting by Ashley Congdon whom singled to left center bringing in Erin Ogden. Christine Beck then followed with a single through the right side, scoring two. The hosts of the tournament increased their lead in the fifth inning as Ashley Cecil singled through the left side and Natasha Meyer tripled to right center bringing her home. Senior Lindsey Ijjas grounded out, but not before bringing in Meyer from third. The Eagles went in the sixth inning up 7-0. Florida Gulf Coast freshman Annie Voyles improved her record to 5-3, as she quieted St. Anselm’s bats, allowing two hits. Deep in the game she was flirting with some sacred softball accomplishment, a no-hitter, but St. Anselm put that to a stop. Voyles’ bid for the team’s no-hitter was still alive but unfortunately it was broken up in the next inning when sophomore Allison Joseph singled. The Eagles picked up another run in the sixth and that would be all they needed as Voyles retired the side ending the game after sixth. Leading the Eagles in the 8-0 crushing was junior outfielder Ashley Cecil who had two hits and two runs. It was a team effort as the Eagles improved to 14-10 of the season.