Eagles Sweep Hatters in A-Sun Doubleheader
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The 23rd-ranked FGCU softball team swept the Stetson Hatters in an A-Sun doubleheader on Tuesday evening. The Eagles came from behind to take the first game, 6-1, and took game two by a score of 7-3.
In game 1, Erica Demers and Cat McDaniel (Melbourne, Fla.) were locked in a pitchers duel througout the first few innings. Both pitchers had no-hitters through three innings. The Hatters finally got to McDaniel in the fourth, plating a run on a pair of hits. Demers looked as though she was going to make that run stand up, but the Eagles offense finally got going in the bottom of the sixth. Going into the inning, FGCU had been held hitless, but in the sixth inning the Eagles exploded for six runs on six hits, including an RBI triple from Samantha Waldron (Plant City, Fla.), a 2-run single from Jessica Gary (Naples, Fla.), and a 2-run shot from Cheyenne Jenks (Naples, Fla.), her 23rd home run of the season. McDaniel shut down the Hatters in the seventh, and the Eagles came away with a 6-1 win in game one. McDaniel earned her 20th win of the year, going the distance while allowing just one unearned run on six hits. She also struck out four and did not walk a batter.
In game 2, the Eagles jumped it front early, scoring five times in the second inning. A three-run triple from Jessica Paez (Belle Glade, Fla.) keyed the rally for FGCU. Morgan Campen (Rougemont, NC) started in the circle for the Eagles, pitching well through three innings before running into trouble in the fourth. Stetson got on the board with a two-run shot over the center field wall from Andrea Migliori. The Hatters added another run in the inning before Campen was able to shut down the rally, still holding a 5-3 lead. The Eagles tacked on single runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, and Dana Frantz pitched three scoreless innings of relief as FGCU took the second game, 7-3. Campen earned her third win of the season, pitching four innings allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits. She struck out five and did not walk a batter. Frantz earned her fourth save of the year, pitching three nearly-perfect innings. She walked the first batter on four pitches, but after that, she retired the next nine batters in a row to finish the game.
The Eagles will be right back at it on Thursday afternoon as they host Belmont in another A-Sun doubleheader. First pitch for game 1 is slated for 5:00 PM at the FGCU Softball Complex.
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