FGCU Rallies, Beats Kent State 4-3 in Seventh
Sunday, March 20, 2011

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The FGCU softball team battled back from a three-run deficit and scored four runs in the final frame to defeat the Golden Flashes, 4-3, in the final game of The Game Tournament at the Eddie C. Moore Complex on Sunday afternoon.

FGCU evens its record at 17-17 heading into its opening weekend of conference action. The Eagles travel to Buies Creek, N.C. on Saturday for a two-game meeting with the Camels.

The Eagles capitalized on Kent State miscues to score four runs in the top of the seventh inning. Freshman Tori Williams’ (Dunnellon, Fla./Dunnellon) reached on a single before coming home on senior Courtney Platt’s (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast) double up the middle to make it 3-1.

With Platt on second, sophomore Mariah Fernández (Cape Coral, Fla./North Fort Myers) laid down a bunt to advance Platt to third before freshman Jessica Barnes’ (Winter Haven, Fla./Haines City) hit was misplayed and allowed both runners to score to tie the game at 3-3.

An error on freshman Jessica Barnes’ (Winter Haven, Fla./Haines City) hit to left field plated two to tie the game, 3-3, and putting the go-ahead run on second. Freshman Kirsten Bembnowski (Palm Harbor, Fla./East Lake) sent a single to right field to score Barnes to make it 4-3.

Senior pitcher Kelci Breaux (Okeechobee, Fla./Brevard CC) and the defense got two quick outs in the bottom of the seventh, but a Kent State double put the tying run on second. The Eagles won the game as the final batter flied out to centerfield.

Kent State got on the board in the third inning with three runs. Lauren Grimes hit a leadoff double down the left line before she stole third and was able to score on a bad throw. Back-to-back singles and a well-placed bunt plated one more run. The Golden Flashes tallied one more run, but the FGCU defense left two runners on base as Breaux struck out two in a row before ending the inning on a ground out.

Breaux (5-5) earned the win, giving up just four hits and no walks while striking out four in five innings. Danielle Abernathy (2-2) picked up the loss, giving up 11 hits and two walks, while fanning five.

Leading the offense, Platt was 3-for-4 on the day with an RBI, while Barnes was 1-for-3 with two RBI.