FGCU Softball Teams Sweeps Winona State
The Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles won two nail-biters in front of 155 fans Monday night by slipping past Winona State, 2-0 and 6-5, at the FGCU Softball Complex.
FGCU improved to 16-10 while Winona State dropped to 5-4.
In the opener, the Eagles capitalized off of Winona State’s two errors, which gave them a two-run lead which would later prove to be all the Eagles needed. The Eagles had only two hits in the ballgame, while their opponent helped by committing five errors.
Sophomore Jessica Rouse (Jacksonville, FL) picked up the Eagles first hit of the night in the bottom half of the fifth on swinging bunt. Senior Ashley Cecil (Naples, FL) singled to left-center in the bottom half of the sixth.
Junior Amanda Bechtoldt (New Baden, IL) improved to 3-3 on the year by holding the Warriors to three hits, while striking out two, before giving way to senior Kelly Powe (Naples, FL) who picked up her first save of the season.
In the nightcap, FGCU scored three runs in the sixth inning to take the lead sweeping the doubleheader. Senior Blaire Toleman (Lehigh, FL) went 2-for-3, including a double as the Eagles squeezed past the Warriors.
In the second inning Winona jumped on the scoreboard first as they scored three runs off of four hits, but the Eagles got two runs back in the bottom half of second, while tying the game in their half of the third. In the second junior Natasha Meyer (Coral Springs, FL) belted a shot to center field, driving in Rouse, who had a leadoff walk. Freshman Alisha Boyd (Naples, FL) followed with a rope down the left field line, bringing in Kate Fishburn who had walked earlier in the inning.
Knotted at 3-3 going into the sixth, Winona State took the lead 5-3 on three hits as the Eagles committed one error. As the Eagle faithful was on their feet, Winona State put in game one’s pitcher Elissa Wisnieski, hoping to rattle the Eagles… it did not work. Meyer doubled to left field, followed by Boyd doubling to left center, driving in Meyer. Junior Christine Beck (Hudson, FL) followed with a huge triple to right center, scoring Boyd. Sophomore Annie Voyles (Bronson, FL) hit a deep fly ball to left field bringing in Beck for the go ahead run; which would be all that Powe needed as she picked up her 13th win on the year.
Boyd went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in. Meyer had two hits, while Lauren Donnelly (Jacksonville, FL) and Beck added a pair of singles for the Eagles, who had eight hits.
FGCU continues a four-game homestand at the FGCU Softball Complex with a 5 p.m. doubleheader against Mars Hill (NC), Wednesday March 16, 2005.
contributed by Tanya Mitchell