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For Immediate Release
Florida Gulf Coast University 10, Teikyo Post University 1
Florida Gulf Coast University 12, St. Michaels College 0
Next Game: Tuesday, March 23 vs. Hillsdale College (DH). First pitch set for 5:00pm
THE FGCU EAGLES SOFTBALL TEAM PUT A DENT IN TEIKYO POST UNIVERSITY AND ST. MICHAELS COLLEGE SPRING BREAK VACATION AS THEY HAMMERED THEM 10-1 AND 12-0 IN THE GENE CUSIC CLASSIC.
Fort Myers, FL – In the last day of the Gene Cusic Classic the FGCU Eagles softball team showed Teikyo Post University Eagles why Eagles like Florida better than Connecticut and chipped away at the St. Michaels College Knights as they slaughtered them both 10-1 and 12-0 before both games were called in the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.
If FGCU wasn’t hitting the ball Teikyo Post was bobbling it, as they committed five errors in just five innings of play in game one before the game was called due to the mercy rule. As junior Kelly Powe kept the fire coming on the mound allowing four hits while striking out seven, her fellow teammates Ashley Cecil, Natasha Meyer, Lindsey Ijjas and Ashley Congdon all drove in two runs a piece.
In the nightcap, the Knights didn’t have much luck as the Eagles added St. Michaels College to their hitting expo; as junior Ashley Cecil led the clinic going 3 for 4 while driving in three runs. On the mound for the Eagles was senior Nicole Werhner who has spent half of the season on the injured list, but the Knights couldn’t tell as she had them guessing at the plate. She pitched a shut out game allowing only four hits with four strike outs as she picked up her second win of the season.
It was just another day at the ball field for junior pitcher Kelly Powe as she continued to strike batters out one by one; then identifying her victims as they trotted back to the dug out with their heads held down. Powe now (12-5) for the FGCU Eagles proved the 1-0 victory earlier in the week wasn’t a fluke as she gave up four hits in an impressing victory 10-1. Her counterpart Magan Pappas allowed eight hits before giving way to teammate Emily Allison in the fourth inning.
The Eagles from Teikyo Post University struck first as they scored during a inning ending run down, that one run would be the only run they muster off of ace Kelly Powe and the FGCU defense.
In the bottom of the first, the hitting clinic began as Lindsey Ijjas singled through the left side, then Erin Ogden followed with a single to center field bringing in Natasha Meyer who reached on an error. Freshman Ashley Congdon tripled to right center bringing Ijjas and Ogden home. Christine Beck hit a sac fly to right field bringing in Congdon from third. The Eagles ended the first inning with a 4-1 lead.
As the Eagles continued to cruise they decided to end the game early giving St. Michaels College a chance to become victims of their hitting clinic. The Eagles tacked on five runs in the fourth inning with back-to-back singles by Kristy Ringler and Ashley Cecil both later scored on errors. Ashley Congdon doubled driving in Ijjas who doubled earlier in the inning. As the Eagles batted through there lineup enjoying a 10-1 cushion going to the top of the sixth. Teikyo Post couldn’t find Eagles pitcher Kelly Powe’s weakness as they failed to score causing the game to end early due to the mercy rule.
In the nightcap of the tournament the FGCU Eagles continued where they left off, hitting, and scoring as they went up 2-0 after one inning of play on. In the first inning Ashley Cecil continued her lead off specialty, which is getting on base as she singled up the middle, then stole second. Natasha Meyer followed her with a sac bunt, but reached on a fielding error, which scored Cecil. Christine Beck singled through the left side, which score Meyer giving the Eagles a 2-0 cushion.
On the mound for the Eagles was senior Nicole Werhner who has spent half of the season on the injured list, but the Knights couldn’t tell as she had them guessing at the plate. She pitched a shut out game allowing only four hits with four strike outs as she picked up her second win of the season. The Knights of St. Michaels presented a scare in the second and third inning, but failed to score leaving five runners left on base.
In the bottom of the third Eagles pitcher Nicole Werhner (2-2) got herself out of a bases loaded jam with one out as she got Sara Pope to pop up to shortstop and Katherine Healy to ground out to third as St. Michaels left three ducks in the pound. In the third Werhner had fellow Eagle Ashley Cecil bail her out as Cecil gunned down Catherine Bourque at home on a single up the middle by Noelle Gill.
That was all the momentum FGCU needed as they put on a show for the visiting fans scoring four runs in the fourth and sealing the game by scoring six in the fifth. In the fourth freshman Ashley Congdon who has .420 slugging average singled to right center, Christine Beck followed with a triple to left field bringing Congdon home. Blaire Toleman and Ashley Cecil both had singles in the fourth helping the cause. In the fourth inning alone the Eagles combined for four hits and four runs.
Like the saying goes, “when it rains it pours.” The fifth inning didn’t look much brighter for the Knights as the Eagles scored six runs on five hits. Ashley Congdon led the charge again with another single down the left field line, followed by Christine Beck’s single, both scored on Jessica Rouse’s double. Kristy Ringler added her speed on the base path as she singled to left field. Ashley Cecil cut the lights out at FGCU sports complex as she tripled to right center scoring Ringler. Heather McChesney grounded to shortstop bringing in Cecil.
Taking the loss for St. Michaels College was Kara Burrage as she gave up six hits with six runs; her replacement Raina Jensen didn’t slow the Eagles down either as she gave up five hits and six runs.
Coach Deiros has his team soaring high as they keep giving the home crowd hitting expos’ improving their record for the season to 21-10 and their 15th consecutive win.
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