FGCU softball struggles with hits last weekend in St. Petersburg
The FGCU softball team has spent little time in the batting cages during fall practice, mainly because the cages at their still- unfinished fields on the FGCU campus are well, unfinished.
Over the weekend, that lack of time in the cage showed during the St. Petersburg College Fall Tournament.
The Eagles went 1-2-1, mostly because they had trouble getting on base.
"We didn't hit," said head coach Dave Deiros. "We've had limited swings and it showed."
It was uncharacteristic of a squad that batted .335 while going 33-17-1 during its first season last spring.
Still, there was plenty of good news.
New pitchers Kelly Powe (Naples High), Annie Voyles, Amanda Deen and Desiree Douglas combined to allow one run in 19 innings of work while the defense turned four double plays.
"We've increased our confidence defensively," Deiros said.
"We're two-deep at every spot, which is better than what we can say about last year."
The Eagles open their new on- campus complex Friday, playing Manatee Community College at 2 p.m. and the Tropic Wave, a local American Softball Association Team, at 5:45.