Softball Splits with Lipscomb on Senior Day
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU softball team came up one win shy of clinching their second straight A-Sun conference championship on Saturday afternoon, splitting a doubleheader with Lipscomb at the FGCU Softball Complex. The Eagles took game one 4-3 and fell in game two 5-0.
In the first game, the Lady Bisons got off to a quick start, turning a leadoff single into the first run of the game in the top of the first inning. The Eagles answered back very quickly in the bottom half, with Jessica Gary (Naples, Fla.) driving in Lauran Ziegler (Palm Bay, Fla.) to tie the game at 1. After that, both pitchers settled down, holding the score at 1-1 until the bottom of the fourth, when Desiree Miller (Hartsville, Ohio) drove a double into the right-center field gap, scoring Jessica Carter (Ocala, Fla.) all the way from first base. But, just as FGCU did in the first inning, Lipscomb answered right back in their next at-bat. With two outs and a runner on second, Kellie Sirus capped a 12-pitch at-bat with a double off the left field fence, scoring Mackenzie Tucker to tie the game at 2. But the Eagles would escape further damage, thanks to a diving catch by Ziegler with two outs and the bases loaded. Jessica Carter came through with a clutch two-out two-run single in the bottom half of the fifth to put FGCU back out in front 4-2. Sirus made it interesting with a solo home run in the top of the seventh, but Dana Frantz (Brighton, Mich.) was able to preserve the one-run victory for the Eagles. Catherine McDaniel (Melbourne, Fla.) pitched 5 strong innings to pick up her 22nd win of the season, allowing two runs on eight hits. Frantz pitched the final two innings, allowing one run on two hits, picking up her fifth save of the season.
In game two, Lipscomb again jumped out in front, this time in the third inning. A two-out RBI double from Courtney Billington followed up by a two-run home run from Kellie Sirus put the Lady Bisons up 3-0. Lipscomb tacked on single runs in both the sixth and seventh innings, extending the lead to 5-0 going to the bottom of the seventh. Lipscomb starting pitcher Alaina Jacobson never allowed the Eagle offense to get on track, pitching a brilliant complete game shutout, the first and only shutout thrown against the Eagles at home this season. Morgan Campen (Rougemont, NC) took the loss for the Eagles, allowing three runs on three hits in 2.2 innings of work.
The Eagles finish the 2009 season with a 47-9 overall record and a 15-5 A-Sun conference record. FGCU will finish the season in second place in the A-Sun, just one game behind Campbell for the conference title.
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