Softball Team Drops Season-Opening Doubleheader to Barry
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University women’s softball team lost a pair of heartbreakers in a season-opening doubleheader against Barry University at the FGCU Softball Complex Thursday night. The Eagles (0-2) lost to the Buccaneers (4-0) 3-1 in the opener and 2-0 in 10 innings in the nightcap.
In game one, the Eagles led 1-0 in the second inning after senior Christine Beck (Hudson, FL) reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on junior Natasha Johnson's (Fort Myers, FL) single to rightfield. The game remained that way until the final inning when the Bucs scored three runs in the top of the seventh to pull out the win.
In the seventh, the Bucs tied the game on a throwing error before Brittany Behrendt belted a pinch-hit two-RBI triple that gave the Bucs a 3-1 lead.
The Eagles mounted a two-out rally in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, sophomore third baseman Cheyenne Jenks (Naples, Fla.) reached on walk and sophomore leftfielder Jessica Rouse (Jacksonville, Fla.) followed with a single. But Bucs starter Ramie Garcia got out of the jam to pick up her second win this spring. Garcia held FGCU to just four hits.
FGCU sophomore Rachel Edinger (Lakeland, Fla.) was the hard-luck loser in game one. Edinger pitched all seven innings, allowing just four hits while striking out 12 in her Eagles debut in the circle.
The nightcap featured an extra-inning pitcher's dual. Both teams were scoreless after the regulation seven innings.
Barry finally broke through for a pair of runs on three doubles in the 10th against FGCU freshman Melissa Geissler (Fort Myers, Fla.). The Bucs' Ashley Loose led off the inning with a double and scored on a two-base hit from Shyla Rider. With one-out, Kim Fjuimoto made it 2-0 with another two-bagger.
In the bottom of the inning, sophomore Lauren Barraco (North Fort Myers, Fla.) was stranded at first after she reached on a two-out walk.
Geissler (0-1) was outstanding in her collegiate debut, giving up eight hits, two runs and four walks in 10 innings. She also recorded three strikeouts.
Barry freshman Amber Jack was equal to the task, going the distance and holding the Eagles to just six hits and a walk while striking out five for the shutout.
The Eagles host Northwood University in a 5 p.m. doubleheader on Friday at the FGCU Softball Complex.
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