Eagles Take Two From Saginaw Valley State
Wednesday, March 03, 2004
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Eagles Sports News LaTanya Mitchell, Assistant Sports Information 10501 FGCU Blvd. South Ft. Myers, FL 33965 239-590-7061 (ph) tmitchel@fgcu.edu For Immediate Release Softball March 3, 2004 Saginaw Valley State University 1, FGCU 4 (Game 1) Saginaw Valley State University 1, FGCU 2 (Game 2) Next Game: Friday March 6, versus Salem University in the Gene Cusic Tournament. Tournament play begins at 2:00pm. Eagles soar past the Saginaw Valley State University Cardinals 4-1 and 2-1. Fort Myers, FL- The Eagles strike first as junior Kelly Powe (6-5) kept Saginaw Valley State guessing at the plate allowing five hits in seven innings. Offensively the Eagles continued their hitting clinic having ten hits in six innings of play. In the nightcap the game went back and fourth until the Cardinals broke it open in the fifth on a catchers interference call. They would only enjoy the lead for a half an inning that was until Ashley Cecil led off with a single in the sixth and would later score on Lindsey Ijjas double to the left field wall. Blaire Toleman then doubled in the same spot on the left field wall giving the Eagles a 2-1 lead going into the seventh. In the opener, the Eagles didn’t let the one-day rest slow their bats down, as they strike first in the first inning. Junior Kristy Ringler led the charge with a lead off single, and later scored on a single up the middle by senior Lindsey Ijjas. The Eagles added two more runs in the third when Natasha Meyer singled to left field, followed by Erin Ogden who went 3 for 3 for the day singling up the middle. Blair Toleman batted in a run by singling to left field, she was brought home when freshman Annie Voyles singled to center. The Cardinals tried to chip into the lead when Jesse Kaniszewski singled to shortstop and later brought in by Haley Slade’s single up the middle. The 3-1 lead by the Eagles didn’t stand long as they hacked on one more run in the bottom of the sixth as Christine Beck singled to left field; then came home when Natasha Meyer, picked up her second hit of the game singling down the left field line. Going in the seventh inning Kelly Powe had a 4-1 cushion, which was all she needed as her record improved to 7-5 for the season. Courtney Pintek picks up the loss for Saginaw Valley State University. Each Eagle contributed in their eleventh win of the season, as sophomore Erin Ogden who went 3 for 3 at the plate led them, and sophomore Natasha Meyer added two singles. The Eagles bats didn’t get cracking right away like they did in game one, having both pitchers set the tempo. Both pitchers Annie Voyles (3-3) for the Eagles and Karen Ray for the Cardinals dominated the game, as they mixed pitches brilliantly keeping the opposing batters guessing. Both teams went scoreless throughout four innings, until Saginaw put together a few hits to take a 1-0 lead in the fifth. Lorelea Rice reached base on a fielding error and would later score on a catcher’s interference call. The Cardinals would only enjoy the lead for a half an inning that was until Ashley Cecil led off with a single in the sixth and would later score on Lindsey Ijjas double to the left field wall. Blaire Toleman then doubled in the same spot on the left field wall giving the Eagles a 2-1 lead going into the seventh; which was all Voyles needed. Taking the loss for the Cardinals was Karen Ray, who went all seven innings and gave up two runs, two earned, on five hits while striking out eight. Her counter part Annie Voyles (4-3) picks up her fourth win of the season giving up one unearned run, on three hits while striking out three. Senior Lindsey Ijjas helped the Eagles pull away with a nail biter finish as she went 2 for 3 at the plate. Ashley Cecil, Blaire Toleman and Annie Voyles each chipped in with a single. LaTanya Mitchell Assistant Sports Information