FGCU shuts St. Thomas University out at home
Saturday, February 28, 2004
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Ft. Myers, FL- The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles won the chilly Saturday doubleheader at home, defeating St. Thomas University, 2-0, in the 7-inning opener and 4-0 in the nightcap. FGCU improved to 8-10 while St. Thomas University fell to 3-4-2. In the first game, FGCU pitcher Kelly Powe (4-5) shut out St. Thomas University on two hits, while sophomore Erin Ogden knocked in the games only runs with a two out single up the middle driving in two runs. Game one’s winner Kelly Powe got the Eagles out of a first inning bases loaded jam striking out the side, leaving St. Thomas University scoreless after one. Lindsey Ijjas and Ashley Congden both combined for all the Eagles runs. After both teams went scoreless in the first two innings the Eagles went on to score in the bottom of the third as Kristy Ringler and Ashley Cecil walked giving sophomore Erin Ogden a chance to give the Eagles the lead; and that she did hitting a single up the middle knocking in both runners which would be the only runs of the game. Kelly Powe dominated the game allowing only two hits as she picked up her fourth win of the season. Ashley Cecil, Blaire Toleman and Erin Ogden each contributed with a single which led the Eagles to victory. In the nightcap, the Eagles drew first blood offensively and defensively. Freshman Annie Voyles (2-3) took the mound in the nightcap striking out one and allowing no hits, before being replaced by game one winner Kelly Powe. Powe (4-5) ruined St. Thomas University’s scoring chances by getting the Eagles out of a bases loaded jam striking out the side; rallying up the Eagles bats scoring three runs on three hits. Ashley Cecil led off the inning with a single on the left side, followed by Natasha Meyer reaching on a fielding error. Senior Lindsay Ijjas brought her teammates in with a double down the left field line; Ashley Congdon later returned the favor doubling down the left field line bringing Ijjas home giving the Eagles a 3-0 cushion. St. Thomas University attempted to cut into the lead in the third with back-to-back singles with two outs, but failed to score ending the inning scoreless. After the third inning of play St. Thomas University didn’t get any more runners on base, as Kelly Powe dominated on the mound striking out five batters and giving up two hits, before giving way to Christina Beck. . The Eagles didn’t let the pitching change by St. Thomas University slow down their bats as they added another run. St. Thomas University could not figure out junior Kelly Powe’s pitching selection as she kept them scoreless in both games of the doubleheader. The ace gave up four hits in two games, while her teammates scored all the runs she needed. Leading the Eagles offensively was freshman Ashley Congdon and junior Ashley Cecil both went 2 for 3. Other contributors were Lauren Donnelly, who singled, and Lindsey Ijjas with a 2 RBI double and Jessica Rouse who doubled respectively. The young Eagles winning streak improved to two after defeating St. Thomas University in both games. LaTanya Mitchell Assistant Sports Information Florida Gulf Coast University 239-590-7016 (ph) 239-590-7014 (fax) tmitchel@fgcu.edu