Palm Beach Atlantic 1, FGCU 0 (Game 1) Palm Beach Atlantic 1, FGCU 4 (Game 2)
Webber International University 0, FGCU 1 (Game 1) Webber International University 0, FGCU 3 (Game 2)
St. Thomas University 2, FGCU 5 (Game 1) St. Thomas University 0, FGCU 1(Game 2)
THE EAGLES SOARED GOING 5-1 IN THEIR FINAL GAMES OF THE SEASON ENDING WITH A RECORD OF 41-13-1.
West Palm Beach, Babson Park and Ft. Lauderdale, FL- The FGCU Eagles softball team took their hitting clinic on their final road trip of the season as their victims count continued to rise as they gave Palm Beach Atlantic, Webber International University and St. Thomas University another loss to add to their collection leaving Webber International scoreless 1-0 and 3-0; while splitting with Palm Beach Atlantic 0-1 and 4-1, and in their final games of the season nipping St. Thomas University 5-2 and 1-0, in the final games of the season.
As the Eagles pitching staff continued to be dominant on the mound as they added the Palm Beach Atlantic, Webber International University and the St. Thomas University Bobcats to there list of strikeout victims as they keep sending batters trotting back to their dugouts with their heads full of shoulda’, woulda’, coulda’s. As the season comes to an end, batters from the opposing teams didn’t figure out how to hit the Eagles pitching staff, as Kelly Powe (22-7), Nicole Werhner (6-3) and freshman Annie Voyles (13-3) kept opposing batters baffled at the plate ending the season with a 325 combined strikeouts.
Offensively the Eagles showed the fans of Palm Beach Atlantic, Webber International and St. Thomas University what they been showing all spectators; good hits. The young Eagles went on the road and took ownership of the opposing teams field by demonstrating the technique of hitting the ball as they had 33 hits in 36 innings of play.
Leading the Eagles at the plate were senior Lindsey Ijjas and junior Ashley Cecil who ended the year batting .309 and .382 respectively.
The Eagles started the six game road trip in West Palm Beach, Florida splitting the doubleheader to Palm Beach Atlantic 0-1 and 4-1. The game was a nail biter to the end as Palm Beach Atlantic finally received their revenge from the earlier loss at FGCU by taking game one 1-0. The young bats just didn’t get going right away as the Eagles only had three hits in seven innings of play. Junior Kelly Powe excelled in her 200 strikeouts by striking out nine still taking her seventh loss of the season. Ashley Cecil, Lindsey Ijjas and Blair Toleman had the three hits for losing Eagles.
Palm Beach Atlantic scored the only run in the game as they scored on back-to-back singles, then later scored on a double up the middle. Tabitha Schrufer picked up the win for Palm Beach Atlantic.
In game two the Eagles bounced back showing Palm Beach Atlantic that the first game was a fluke as they won 4-1. Freshman Annie Voyles picked up her 11th win as she allowed one run on four hits with two walks while striking out four. Leading the batting expo was Blaire Toleman, Christine Beck, Jessica Rouse and Adrienne Cicirello as the Eagles put forth 11 hits.
The Eagles scored in the third inning as Jessica Rouse tripled to right field and later scored on a throwing error. Adrienne Cicirello later scored the second run as she knocked in Lauren Donnelly who reached base on an error. In the fourth Blaire Toleman singled to left field, and scored on Jessica Rouse’s single up the middle. Jessica scored on a double to left field by Adrienne Cicirello.
Saturday was a brand new day and a brand new team for the soaring Eagles as they made their way to Babson Park as Webber International University wanted hitting lessons on Senior day. In game one of the doubleheader the Eagles knocked in one run on five hits, giving Kelly Powe her 21st victory of the season. Powe added six more names to her shoulda’ woulda’ coulda’ strike out list.
It was senior day in Babson Park, Florida so FGCU Eagles decided to give the three seniors of Webber International a going away present… two losses as they defeated them 1-0 and 3-0 in 14-innings of play. The seniors going away gifts were brought to them by Ashley Cecil, Kristy Ringler, Lindsey Ijjas, Natasha Meyer and Blaire Toleman who each singled in game one. In game two Blaire Toleman, Jessica Rouse and Heather McChesney decided to contribute to the senior going away gifts as they each put up a hit.
In the final games of the six game road trip St. Thomas University of Ft. Lauderdale Florida seen the late Eagles scamper in thirty minutes before game time feeling as if they had an advantage, but after the first inning their smiles turned upside down as the Eagles jumped out quick and early as they scored in the first, second and fifth inning. The Bobcats remained scoreless throughout four, but in the fifth they tried to cut into the Eagles 5-0 lead by scoring two but that would be the closest the Bobcats came to the Eagles, as the final score was 5-2.
Junior Kelly Powe ended the season 22-7 with 220 strikeouts, as her teammates bats started connecting with the ball as they produced five hits contributing to the five hit wonder was Ashley Cecil, Natasha Meyer, Blaire Toleman, Erin Ogden and Kristy Ringler.
In game two, the final game of the season for the FGCU Eagles they defeated St. Thomas University 1-0 in a seventh inning defensive stop. On the mound was senior Nicole Werhner who gave up four hits before giving way to freshman Annie Voyles in the middle of the fourth.
As Nicole Werhner exited the field the FGCU fans gave her cheers letting her know that she was appreciated. Passing by fellow senior Lindsey Ijjas at first they did a little handshake, both knowing this might be the last time they step on the field together again.
The Eagles offense could only muster up one run off of seven hits, but with the excellent defensive efforts will be all they needed. In the second inning the Eagles loaded the bases on singles by Lindsey Ijjas, Blaire Toleman, and Erin Ogden. Lindsey scored on a single by Christine Beck. Other contributors in the 1-0 steal were Ashley Cecil, and Christine Beck who led the way going 3 for 3.
The Eagles final record for the season is 41-13-1 with holding their longest winning streak of 24 wins. Some highlights of this season are: Adrienne Cicirello hit the first homerun in the FGCU softball complex, junior Kelly Powe struck out 220 batters and last but not least Lacy Carter, Nicole Werhner, and Lindsey ‘Boomer’ Ijjas will be missed on the young Eagles squad as they prepare to enter “the real world”.