Eagles Prepare to Host Mercer on Senior Day
Friday, April 23, 2010

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU softball team will close out the 2010 season on Saturday when they host the Bears of Mercer in a doubleheader at the FGCU Softball Complex. First pitch for game one is slated for 2 p.m. Seniors Jessica Gary (Naples, Fla.), Hayley O’Mara (Naples, Fla.), and Lauran Ziegler (Palm Bay, Fla.) will be honored in between games.

The Eagles bring a 22-28 overall mark into the doubleheader, with a 10-8 record in conference play. Last weekend, the Blue and Green earned a split of a four-game road trip to Nashville, Tenn. FGCU swept Belmont on Friday afternoon before dropping a pair of games at Lipscomb on Saturday.

Gary leads the team in hitting with a .348 average, along with seven home runs, 27 RBIs, and 11 steals. Ziegler leads the A-Sun with 58 hits and is second in the conference with 24 stolen bases. Courtney Platt (Greenville, Ohio) continues to lead the team with nine homers and 31 RBIs.

Mercer (22-27, 4-10 A-Sun) is led by Holly Oglesbee, who is hitting .310 with 19 RBIs. Kristin Marko leads the team in home runs with seven, in addition to 18 RBIs and a .294 average. In the circle, Jenni Holtz has a team-high 14 wins and is second in the Atlantic Sun with 303 strikeouts.

Saturday’s doubleheader will mark the final games in the careers of FGCU seniors Jessica Gary, Hayley O’Mara, and Lauran Ziegler. All three of them played integral roles on last year’s team that finished 47-9 and was ranked as high as 18th in nation. A ceremony to honor the Eagle seniors will take place in between games.

Prior to the first game, the Children’s Miracle Network will be in attendance and a child from the All Children’s Hospital will be throwing out the first pitch.

About All Children’s Hospital
Children are the sole focus of All Children’s Hospital and its new, million-square-foot St. Petersburg FL campus devoted to pediatric specialty care. The ten-story All Children’s Hospital and its adjacent Outpatient Care Center (dedicated in January 2010) replace an existing 42-year old facility just two blocks away.

All Children's Hospital is the only hospital on Florida’s West Coast totally devoted to children’s care - a leader in pediatric treatment, education, research and advocacy. As a regional referral center for children with some of the most challenging medical problems, All Children’s draws patients from throughout Florida, all 50 states and 36 foreign countries. The mission of this private, not-for-profit hospital is rooted in its beginnings in 1926 as Florida’s first Crippled Children’s Hospital for polio victims. All Children’s understands that it’s not enough to treat disease -- that true progress comes from teaching and research to cure disease. All Children’s shares its pediatric expertise through research & education affiliations with the University of South Florida (USF Health) as well as Moffitt Cancer Center, an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.