@FGCU_Softball Comes Up Short Against High-Powered Arkansas
|Win: Young (2-0)||6.2||7||4||3||3||4|
|Loss: JOSIE (2-3)||1.1||4||5||4||2||0|
WP | Kelly Young (2-0): 6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO
LP | Amanda Josie (2-3): 1.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO
FORT MYERS, Fla. - After a 1-1 start to the FGCU/Four Points by Sheraton Round Robin Friday night, the FGCU softball team (7-6-1) came back Saturday afternoon and fell to the Arkansas Razorbacks (12-3) in heartbreaking fashion, surrendering a three-run lead in the sixth and ultimately going quietly into the night by a score of 14-7.
Louie Ross (Cape Coral, Fla./Ida S. Baker High School) led the Eagles with three hits and four RBI in four at bats while Kelsey Carpenter (Oviedo, Fla./Hagerty High School) collected a pair of hits and scored twice. Three other Eagles each collected one hit but the Arkansas bats out-dueled FGCU in the end, spraying 13 hits and waiting out 12 walks.
In the bottom half of the first, after holding Arkansas hitless and stranding three runners in the top half, Jessica Barnes (Winter Haven, Fla./Haines City High School) led off the Eagles with a walk and got batted over to second with a single from Mackenzie McAvoy (Plant City, Fla./Plant City High School). Both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch and Carpenter was walked to load the bases. With one out, Ross broke the silence with a shot up the middle, bringing home three runs and advancing to third with a triple. At the end of the first inning, FGCU led Arkansas 3-0.
The Razorbacks got the sticks started in the top of the second with a single to third and a home run over the right field fence but the Eagles defense responded with three quick outs to limit the damage.
The Eagles continued their scoring ways in the bottom of the second with a leadoff double to center field from Jeanie Verderese (Jacksonville, Fla./ Creekside High School). McAvoy recorded an RBI with a slap bunt to score Verderese and the Eagles would tack on another run later to take a 4-2 lead after two innings.
Both teams were held scoreless in the third and fourth innings but the Razorbacks loaded the bases in the top of the fourth. The Arkansas rally was squashed, however, when Barnes threw out a runner at home to prevent the Razorbacks from scoring, ending the inning.
The back and forth affair continued in the top of the fifth inning with a walk and a single up the middle for Arkansas. Another runner reached first on an error, allowing a Razorback to cross the plate. Arkansas loaded the bases and tacked on another run after a player was hit by a pitch, tying the score, 4-4 through 4 1/2.
The Eagles reclaimed their lead in the bottom of the fifth, starting with a leadoff single and stolen base from Carpenter. Preseason Atlantic Sun Player of the Year, Chelsea Zgrabik (Venice, Fla./Venice High School), walked and Louie singled through the right side to score Carpenter. Amanda Byers (North Miami Beach, Fla./Michael Krop HS) entered the game as a pinch runner for Zgrabik. Emily Lanier (St. Cloud, Fla./Harmony High School) laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Byers to third to put the Eagles in scoring position. Taylor Wade (Pace, Fla./Pace HS) entered the game as a pinch hitter and sent a shot through the third base side to score Byers. FGCU would tack in three runs in the fifth to take a 7-4 lead into the sixth.
In the top of the sixth, FGCU was unable to stop Arkansas as they rallied to score nine runs. Amanda Josie (Estero, Fla./Estero High School) started the inning and left with the bases loaded, handing the ball to Wade. Arkansas found its stroke and collected enough runs to put FGCU away in this one. The Razorbacks have now outscored their opponents 113-25 this season and 59-8 in this tournament.
FGCU went down quickly in the final two innings as Arkansas tacked on one more to provide the final score of 14-7.
Josie takes the loss in this one going 1.1 innings allowing four hits for five runs, only four of which were earned, walking two and striking out none, dropping her record to 2-3 this season. Kelly Young picks up the win for Arkansas and moves to 2-0.
Due to the lateness of the hour following the fifth game of the day, the Eagles postponed their matchup with Harvard to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow afternoon and will finish the weekend with a 3:45 tilt opposite Eastern Michigan.
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