#24 Eagles Softball Sweeps Franklin Pierce
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The #24 Florida Gulf Coast University softball team swept a doubleheader over Franklin Pierce Thursday evening. FGCU’s undefeated streak is now at 24 games. The Eagles won both games by a score of 10-2 and now have a record of 41-4.
In game one, freshman Melissa Geissler (Fort Myers, FL) pitched a five inning complete game. Geissler struck out 11 of the 20 batters that she faced to improve to 11-2 this season.
The Eagles put six runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning. Freshman LeeAnne McDowell (Arcadia, FL) started things out for FGCU as she drew a walk. With one out, junior Roz Tyre (Lake City, FL) got on base with another walk. The Eagles implemented the double steal allowing both McDowell and Tyre to advance a base. Franklin Pierce’s pitcher continued to struggle allowing yet another walk to sophomore Alisha Boyd (Naples, FL) and loading the bases. Junior Rachel Homan (Vero Beach, FL) stepped into the batter’s box only to be hit by the pitch. McDowell advanced to home scoring the Eagles' first run and giving Homan her ninth RBI of the year. Junior catcher Lauren Barraco (North Fort Myers, FL) reached first base on an error by the third baseman. This allowed all runners to advance and Tyre scored the second run of the inning. The pitching woes for Franklin Pierce did not end. Boyd, Homan, and Barraco would all eventually score off of wild pitches. Later in the inning an error scored Jenks giving the Eagles a six run second inning.
FGCU would score four more runs in the fifth inning. Boyd led off the inning for the Eagles with a double to right center. Rachel Homan laid down a perfect bunt to reach first and advance Boyd to third. With junior Natasha Johnson (Fort Pierce, FL) pinch hitting for Barraco, Homan stole second base. Then Johnson ripped a 2 RBI double to left center scoring Boyd and Homan. Freshman Cheyenne Jenks (Naples, FL) also doubled knocking in Johnson from second. Senior Christine Beck’s (Hudson, FL) sacrifice bunt moved Jenks to third base. With one down, junior Jessica Rouse (Jacksonville, FL) drilled a game ending single down the left field line as Jenks easily scored from third.
Rachel Homan was two for two in the game with two runs scored and one RBI. Rouse and Jenks each added an RBI as the Eagles used the mercy-rule to defeat Franklin Pierce in Thursday’s first game.
Freshman Dana Frantz (Brighton, Michigan) pitched five solid innings to pick up the win for the Eagles. Frantz extends her unbeaten record to 5-0 on the season. Junior Sarah Backe (Flossmoor, Illinois) pitched one inning of relief for the Eagles. Backe did not allow a hit while striking out one Franklin Pierce batter.
In game two, the Eagles demonstrated more offensive power as they were again able to score in double figures.
In the third inning, the lead-off hitter Jenks drew a walk. Beck popped up to the catcher to give the Eagle’s their second out. Then Rouse reached base on an error by the left fielder. On the same play Jenks scored the first run of the game. The Eagles would strike again in the fourth as Tyre hit an RBI double to right center.
In the fifth inning Jenks tripled to the right side to start the offensive surge for FGCU. With heads-up base running Jenks was able to score on a wild pitch by Franklin Pierce.
Beck stepped in and demolished the ball over left field wall for her third homer of the year. In the next at bat, Rouse homered to left center giving the Eagles back-to-back homeruns. Rouse now has twelve homeruns on the year.
The Eagles started the sixth where they left off in the fifth. Boyd and Homan both singled to start things out for FGCU. Jenks lined out to the center fielder and neither runner was able to tag up. Beck stepped in and hit another single to load the bases. Then Franklin Pierce walked Rouse scoring Boyd from third. McDowell crushed a 2-run double that scored Homan and Beck. With runners on second and third, Natasha Johnson hit a single that knocked in Rouse. An RBI single to left field by Tyre would score McDowell ending the second game for the Eagles.
Roz Tyre was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Both Beck and Boyd went 2-for-4 while Beck scored two runs with one RBI. Rouse and McDowell each had two RBI and Natasha Johnson added one.
The Eagles are not in action again until Wednesday April 5 as they travel to Boca Raton, FL to face South Region opponent Lynn University at 5 pm. the game will be played at Florida Atlantic University. The next home game for FGCU isn’t until April 11 as they take on Nova Southeastern University in a doubleheader.
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