Softball Runs Wins Streak to 25
Northwood University 0, FGCU 8 (Game 1) Northwood University 0, FGCU 1 (Game 2)
Nova Southeastern 2, FGCU 3 (Game 1) Nova Southeastern 2, FGCU 3 (Game 2)
Next Game: Wednesday, April 7 at Lynn University in Boca Raton. First pitch set for 1:00pm
THE EAGLES SOARED PAST THE SEAHAWKS AND THE KNIGHTS AS THEIR WINNING STREAK IMPROVED TO 25 IN A ROW.
West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale, FL- The FGCU Eagles softball team took their hitting clinic on the road as their victims count continued to rise as they gave Northwood University and Nova Southeastern another loss to add to their collection leaving Northwood scoreless 8-0 and 1-0; while nipping Nova Southeastern 3-2 in both games.
As the Eagles pitching staff continued to be dominant on the mound as they added the Northwood University Seahawks and the Nova Southeastern Knights to there list of strikeout victims as they keep sending batters trotting back to their dugouts with their heads full of shoulda’, woulda’, coulda’s. Although, it is late in the season, batters from the opposing teams still haven’t figured out how to hit the Eagles pitching staff, as Kelly Powe (17-5), Nicole Werhner (5-2) and freshman Annie Voyles (8-3) keep opposing batters baffled at the plate.
Offensively the Eagles showed the fans of Northwood University and Nova Southeastern what they been showing all spectators; good hits. The young Eagles came to the Seahawks and Knights fields and took ownership demonstrating the technique of hitting the ball as they had 33 hits in 29 innings of play. Junior Blaire Toleman hit her first homerun of the season, as Ashley Cecil continued to do what she does best; get on base with a .423 on base percentage and senior Lindsey Ijjas continued to drive her in as her batting average improved to .342.
The Eagles started the four game road trip in West Palm Beach, Florida hitting, hitting and hitting, as they took the life out of the Seahawks in game one defeating them 8-0 before the game was called due to the mercy rule. Junior pitcher Kelly Powe pitched her first perfect game of the season striking out six improving her record to (16-5), while another junior Blaire Toleman hit her first homerun of the year. The Eagles scored in every inning making sure the fans got their money worth as they put on their free hitting clinic. Leading the way was Ashley Cecil going 3 for 4 with two runs, Lindsey Ijjas and Blaire Toleman both went 2 for 3 with two runs combined. Erin Ogden
In game two the Eagles pulled out of a nail biter, winning 1-0 against the home standing Seahawks. Nicole Werhner picked up her fourth win of the season as she threw a complete game striking out five. The Eagles scored the only run in the top of the fifth as senior Lindsey Ijjas singled though the left side then brought home when Erin Ogden doubled up the middle.
Collecting the losses for the Northwood Seahawks was Amanda Webb allowing seven hits in game one and she gave up two hits in three and half innings in game two.
Sunday was a brand new day and a brand new team for the soaring Eagles as they made their way to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida as Nova Southeastern wanted hitting lessons. In game one of the doubleheader the Eagles knocked in three runs on eight hits, giving Kelly Powe her 17th victory of the season. Powe added six more names to her strike out list totaling 159 strikeouts for the season.
The home standing Knights jumped on the scoreboard first, but the lead would only last them an inning as the Eagles scored two runs in the top of the second. Christine Beck led the inning with a single up the middle before freshman Annie Voyles brought her in hitting a triple to right center. Voyles was brought in as Kristy Ringler singled to the shortstop. The Knights would later score again, but the Eagles matched them with a run, as they pulled out of a close one 3-2.
In the final game of the four game road trip Nova Southeastern jumped out quick and early as they scored in the first and third inning. The Eagles remained scoreless throughout three, but in the fourth and fifth the bats started connecting as senior Lindsey Ijjas doubled to right center followed by Erin Ogden bringing her in with a single to center field. In the fifth Jessica Rouse led with a walk, then moved to third with a series of sacrifices by Lauren Donnelly and Kristy Ringler; she later scored on a single up the middle by junior Ashley Cecil tying the game 2-2 heading into the sixth inning.
Both teams failed to score in the sixth and seventh inning causing extra innings to take place. In the top of the eighth the Eagles mounted a threat with a lead off single by Natasha Meyer she later stole second and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Adrienne Cicirello, but their she stayed as the Knights pitcher Jen Garcia and the rest of the defense retired the side going into the bottom of the eighth still tied. Nova Southeastern posed no threat in the bottom of the eighth having no runners on base.
The score remained tied going into the top of the tenth as Ashley Cecil singled then advanced to second on a throwing error. Nova Southeastern’ starter Shannon Lynch walked the next three batters giving Florida Gulf Coast University a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the tenth the Knights mounted no threat as they blew a 2-0 lead to the already sizzling Eagles.
Picking up the win for the Eagles was Nicole Werhner who is now 5-2 of the year. Leading the Eagles offensively was, Ashley Cecil, Natasha Meyer and Erin Ogden all had two hits apiece.
The Eagles are now 30-10-1 with holding their longest winning streak of 25 wins. For more information on your Eagle softball team check them out on the web www.fgcu.edu/athletics/softball
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