FGCU Hosts Canisius and Northern Illinois in Midweek Tilt
Monday, March 12, 2012 | by Justin Glover (@Jglove3)
Photo by Dennis Snyder
Photo by Dennis Snyder
Canisius (4-11)
FGCU (14-13)
3/13/2012 | Fort Myers, Fla. | Attendance: 123
Win: MORGAN (9-2) 5.020036
Loss: Amanda Baun (0-4) 2.046653
Lauren Falzone (CANISIUS) 201000
Erica Afanador (CANISIUS) 101010
GABEL (FGCU) 101000
GREEN (FGCU) 311301

FORT MYERS, Fla. – After going 5-1 last week, the FGCU softball team looks to continue its four-game winning streak heading into a pair of midweek battles against Canisius and Northern Illinois on Tuesday, Mar. 13 at 4:45 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, at the FGCU Softball Complex.

The Eagles are 13-13 (1-1 A-SUN) on the season after earning victories against BIG EAST foe Georgetown (W, 4-0), PAC-12 member Utah (W, 1-0), Colgate (W, 8-3), Stony Brook (W, 1-0) and a split against A-Sun opponent Kennesaw State (W, 2-0, L, 3-1) last week.

The Green and Blue picked up its second A-Sun Player of the Week award as sophomore Jessica Barnes (Winter Haven, Fla./Haines City) was honored by the league office. With two multi-hit performances against Kennesaw State and Georgetown, the Winter Park, Fla., product also led the team with a .467 batting average, three doubles and a game-winning home run. Barnes had the game-winning solo home run against Stony Brook, who had their seven-game win streak snapped by the Eagles. Barnes also swiped five stolen bases and scored four runs in the six games last week.

Barnes leads the team with a .338 batting average, 19 runs, three home runs and nine stolen bases, while freshman Kelsey Carpenter (Oviedo, Fla./Hagerty HS) is second with a .333 average with 25 hits, 18 runs, an A-Sun leading five triples, two home runs and second on the team with 13 RBI. Carpenter earned A-Sun Player of the Week honors on Feb. 20.

The Eagles have also been stellar defensively with a .973 fielding percentage, committing just 21 errors on 516 putouts. Sophomore shortstop Regan Knapik (Land O’Lakes, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) has made several highlight plays and leads the team with 67 infield assists.

In the circle, freshman Shelby Morgan (High Springs, Fla./Santa Fe HS) has an 8-2 record with seven complete games and four shutouts. Morgan’s 1.70 ERA is second on the team, while adding 58 strikeouts in 66 innings of work. Sophomore Amanda Josie (Estero, Fla./Estero HS) is 3-2 with a team-best 1.58 ERA, recording 21 strikeouts and one save in 48.2 innings.

Canisius (4-9) is coming into the game as winners of two of its last three against Wisconsin-Green Bay (W, 7-5), Cleveland State (W, 10-6) and a run-rule loss to Northern Iowa (L, 8-0) in five innings. The Golden Griffins are led by Katie Medina who sports a .306 batting average on 11 hits, one double, one triple and five RBI. Leading Canisius in the circle is Jen Consaul with a 1-2 record in nine appearances.

Northern Illinois enters the contest with a 7-9 record after going 2-2 at the Missouri tournament last weekend, with wins against Alcorn State (W, 11-3) in five innings and Boise State (W, 5-1). The Huskies are led by a pair of hitters over .400 in Nicole Gremillion (.418) and Stephanie Tofft (.431). Shelby Miller leads the team with six home runs and 15 RBI on the year. In the circle, NIU’s Megan Dortch has a 6-5 record with three complete games, and 71 strikeouts in 63.2 innings.

Live stats, in-game Twitter updates (@FGCUEagles), results and recaps will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com.