McDaniel Pitches No-Hitter and Eagles Finish 1-1 on Day 1 of Spring break Tourney
Friday, February 20, 2009
Cat McDaniel pitched a near perfect game on Friday night.
Cat McDaniel pitched a near perfect game on Friday night.

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU softball team finished 1-1 in the first day of the FGCU Spring Break Tournament. The highlight of the day came from junior Cat McDaniel, who pitched a no-hitter in game one of the day for FGCU.

The Eagles are now 8-4 on the season.

The Eagles handed Fairfield an 11-0 loss in their first game of the day. The Eagles struck quickly, scoring five runs in the first inning, as the Stags pitchers walked seven FGCU batters in the inning. The Eagles would score six more runs in the fifth to take a commanding 11-0 lead.

Jessica Paez (Belle Glade, Fla.) finished 1-for-2 with a homerun and a pair of RBI. Hayley O’Mara (Naples, Fla.) went 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Junior Cat McDaniel (Melbourne, Fla.) pitched her first no-hitter for the Eagles and remains undefeated after picking up her fifth win of the season. McDaniel nearly pitched a perfect game, but she walked a Fairfield batter in the second inning. She also struck out eight batters in the win.

Game two of the afternoon proved to be tougher for the Eagles as Jackie Tarulli-Fisher’s grand slam in the fourth inning propelled the No. 13/13 DePaul softball team past Florida Gulf Coast 12-4 in six innings.

The Blue Demons (6-1) used 13 hits in their second win of the day. Amber Patton and Tarulli-Fisher both went 3-for-4, while Annie Demas and Shea Warren each recorded a two RBI.

Florida Gulf Coast struck first and tagged DePaul starter Lindsey Dean for three runs in the first and added one in the second for a 4-0 lead heading into the third.

Demas put the Blue Demons on the board with her first home run of the season, a two run blast over the right field wall. Three batters later and with the bases juiced, Warren connected a two-RBI double to centerfield. The Blue Demons continued to get on base and with the bases packed Tarulli-Fisher’s grand slam gave DePaul an 8-4 lead.

The Blue Demons added two more runs in the fifth. DePaul capitalized on a pair FGCU fielding errors and with a runner on, Patton knocked her second triple of the season to give the Blue Demons a 10-4 advantage.

Brittney Yniguez and Katelyn Braget each tallied a RBI in the sixth frame to close out the 12-4 win.

Dean (3-0) tossed a complete game for DePaul. She struck out five and walked one, while all four FGCU runs were earned.

Cassidy Rash (1-1) suffered the loss for Florida Gulf Coast.

The Eagles return to the field tomorrow and take on No. 13/13 DePaul at 5 p.m. and Bethune-Cookman at 7 p.m.