Softball Uses Homerun Barrage to Sweep Northwood
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. –The #12th ranked FGCU softball team used a homerun barrage to sweep a doubleheader from Northwood University on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles hit eight homers in the doubleheader including seven in the second inning of game two.
Junior Carmen Paez (Belle Glade, Fla.) went 3-for-3 with two home runs to tie the NCAA Division II single-season home run record and lead Florida Gulf Coast College to a 21-2 victory over Northwood in the second game of the doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Alumni Field. The Eagles pulled off the sweep with a 6-2 victory in the opener.
The Eagles improve to 58-6 overall with the sweep while the Seahawks fall to 23-25. Northwood returns to action Wednesday when they host Nova Southeastern in a 2 p.m. doubleheader.
Paez's two home runs in the nightcap gives her 26 for the season, tying her with former University of Wisconsin-Parkside slugger Jackie Aiken for the NCAA Division II single-season record, set during the 1995 season. Senior Rachel Homan (Vero Beach, Fla.) was 4-for-7 with four RBI, sophomore Cheyenne Jenks (Naples, Fla.) was 4-for-6 with three runs scored and three runs scored and sophomore Desiree Miller (Hartville, Ohio) was 4-for-8 with two RBI to highlight the Eagles lineup.
Senior Ashley Hori was 3-for-6 to lead the Seahawks attack. Junior Amanda Sinclair was 2-for-5 while junior Carlee Eggett was 1-for-4 with a solo home run and senior Stephanie Adams was 2-for-6 with a solo home run.
The Eagles made short work of the Seahawks in game two, scoring three times in the top of the first before exploding for 12 runs on 11 hits, including seven home runs, in the top of the second to take a 15-0 lead. Paez and Homan each had two home runs in inning that saw 16 batters step to the plate while Jenks (two-run), Jessica Rouse (Jacksonville, Fla.) (solo) and Miller (two-run) also went deep during the frame.
The Eagles added four runs in the third and a single run in the fourth before Northwood was able to get on the board in the bottom of the fourth on a RBI single by senior Brittney Flynn. The Seahawks added another run in the fifth by way of a solo home run by Adams before the game was called after five innings due the eight-run rule.
Sophomore Dana Frantz (Brighton, Mich.) was credited with the win to up her season mark to 26-4. In five innings, Frantz surrendered two runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out six. Freshman Kendall Brooks (9-10) took the loss for the Seahawks in the nightcap. In one inning of work, Brooks allowed 10 runs (four earned) on nine hits and two walks.
With the game one tied at 2-all in the top of the seventh, FGCU plated four runs on two hits and two errors to go ahead, 6-2. The Eagles got the first run on an error by Adams that allowed sophomore Christina Piquette (Barrington, R.I.) to score from second. Jenks tallied the second run after she scored from third on a wild pitch while a double off the center field wall by senior Natasha Johnson (Fort Pierce, Fla.) brought home the last two runs of the inning.
Earlier in the contest, Northwood took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, opening the frame with three straight singles to load the bases before Hori scored from third on a wild pitch.
FGCU tallied two runs in the top of the second to take a 2-1 lead. Rouse opened the frame with a solo home run to left center while junior Roz Tyre (Lake City, Fla.) brought home the second run with a double that plated Johnson, who reached base earlier in the inning on a fielder's choice.
Eggett knotted the score at 2-all in the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run to center field. The blast was her fourth home run of the season.
Junior Rachel Edinger (Lakeland, Fla.) picked up the win for the Eagles in game one, going all seven innings to improve to 28-1. Edinger allowed two runs on six hits and one walk. She struck out nine batters. Junior Erin Lambros (13-15) took the loss for the Seahawks in the opener. In seven innings, Lambros allowed six runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks. She struck out three batters.
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