The Terriers and Tigers were no match for the soaring Eagles
Monday, March 08, 2004
Eagles Sports News LaTanya Mitchell, Assistant Sports Information 10501 FGCU Blvd. South 239-590-7061 (ph) tmitchel@fgcu.edu For Immediate Release 3/8/04 Florida Gulf Coast University 6, Holy Family University 0 Florida Gulf Coast University 6, St. Francis College 1 Next Game: Tuesday March 9, vs. Concord College (DH). First pitch set for 5:00pm. The Terriers and Tigers were no match for the soaring Eagles as they improve to 4-0 in the Gene Cusic Classic. Fort Myers, FL — Behind two excellent pitching performances and an aggressive offense the Eagles swept both ends of the Gene Cusic Classic doubleheader against an overmatched Holy Family University 6-0 and 6-1 in game two against St. Francis College, respectively. Kelly Powe improves to 9-5 with a stellar performance, leaving batters mesmerized as her earned run average improves to ( 0.86). Powe struck out eight while giving up four hits for the soaring Eagles. Lindsey Ijjas showed senior leadership on a squad of young Eagles as she went 2-4 driving in three runs. While freshman Annie Voyles collects her sixth win of the season giving up one run on three hits. After both teams went scoreless in the first inning the Eagles went on to score in each of the next five innings. Junior Blaire Toleman on an Annie Voyles groundout scored the first run in the second inning. With a 4-0 lead in the fourth the Eagles put up a two-spot to take the score to 6-0. The runs were scored on a single through the right side by junior Ashley Cecil who then stole second, scoring later on fielding error. In addition to, Natasha Meyer who reached on the error scored on Blaire Toleman’s fly ball to left field. Holy Family University could not answer back with runs as they had four hits while committing three errors, which later proved to be the Eagles momentum builder. Leading the Eagles offensively were Ashley Cecil, Christine Beck and Blaire Toleman who went 2 for 3 with two singles as she drove in two runs. Junior Kelly Powe (9-5) picked up the win for the Eagles to get her ninth win of the season. Powe worked a complete game and shut Holy Family out of the game allowing four hits while striking out eight. Picking up the loss for Tigers was starter Jeanette Rinker. She gave up three earned runs on four hits. In the second game of the Gene Cusic Classic there wasn’t much of a change other than the weather and the losing team, as Florida Gulf Coast defeated St. Francis College 6-1. Freshman Annie Voyles took the mound and received plenty of help from her offensive as she picked up her sixth win of the season, while striking out four. The excitement started right away like it did the first game, when Ashley Cecil led off with a walk then a stolen base, she would later score on the single by senior Lindsey Ijjas. Blaire Toleman drove in Ijjas with a single through the left side. In inning two the Eagles would break the game open adding two more runs on a single through the left side by Lauren Donnelly, she would later be driven home by Ashley Cecil who is batting .416 tripled to the right field wall, senior Lindsey Ijjas came through again as she drove in Cecil with a double down the left field line. The Eagles would tack on another run in the fifth when Kristy Ringler would bunt for a single and would be driven home by a sacrifice fly from Natasha Meyer. St. Francis College starter Tanya Banzil had a tough time slowing down the Eagles bats allowing six hits before giving way to Anne Roccasalva in the fifth. She didn’t do much better as Erin Ogden hit her first pitch up the middle. In the top of the six the Terriers tried to nip away at the lead, scoring one with two outs, but the Eagles would answer back as Ijjas drove in her third run of the game. The one run that St. Francis would muster would be all for the game as the Eagles defeated them 6-1. As the Eagles wins increase, so does their batting averages with nine Eagles batting over .200. Leading the young soaring Eagles is senior Lindsay Ijjas who went 2-6 for the day while driving in three runs. LaTanya Mitchell Assistant Sports Information Florida Gulf Coast University 239-690-7061(ph) 239-590-7014 (fax) tmitchel@fgcu.edu