Eagles Remain No. 23 in Ultimate College Softball Poll
Tuesday, May 12, 2009

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Florida Gulf Coast University softball team is ranked 23rd in the nation in the latest Ultimate College Softball poll. The poll was released late Monday night (May 11).

The Eagles (47-9) were ranked 23rd in last week’s poll, which was the program’s ninth-ever Division I ranking. The FGCU softball team finished the season by winning 39 of their last 44 games.

The FGCU softball team also received three votes in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll the Amateur Softball Association announced on Tuesday.

This is the 10th time that the Eagles have earned votes in the ESPN.com national poll.

Senior Cheyenne Jenks (Naples, Fla.) finished the season leading the team with a .473 batting average, which helped her earn the A-Sun Player of the Year award by a unanimous vote. Jenks also finished with 61 runs scored, 69 hits, 23 homeruns, 73 RBI (tying her A-Sun single season record), 149 total bases and 58 walks. Senior Jessica Carter (Ocala, Fla.) hit .456 with 17 doubles, four homeruns and 49 RBI. Junior transfer Catherine McDaniel (Melbourne, Fla.) anchored the pitching staff. She wrapped up her junior campaign with a 22-1 record with 112 strikeouts in her 143.2 innings from the circle. McDaniel finished the 2009 season with an ERA of 1.85 and has pitched 15 complete games, including six shutouts.

By finishing the season 47-9, FGCU owns the highest single-season win percentage (.839) in Atlantic Sun history, besting the previous mark of .827 (62-13) by FAU in 2002. The Eagles are also the first A-Sun team to finish a season with fewer than 10 losses. Jacksonville St lost only 11 times in 1996 (46-11). FGCU also finished the 2009 season with a runs per game average of 7.48, which broke FGCU’s own conference record of 6.52 (2008).