Eagles Softball overpowers Mars Hill College in Doubleheader
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
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Fort Myers, Fla. - Behind two excellent pitching performances and 20 hits in two games, the Florida Gulf Coast University softball team swept both ends of the doubleheader against an overmatched Mars Hill College 4-0, and 8-3, respectively to improve their record to 18-10. After both teams went scoreless in the first two innings of the opener, the Eagles went on to attack first with three runs on the board in their half of the third. Junior Christine Beck (Hudson, FL) had a leadoff single down the leftfield line, followed by a bunt single by sophomore Lauren Donnelly (Jacksonville, FL). Freshman Alisha Boyd (Naples, FL) continued her hitting streak with a two-run double to left center and scored on a sacrifice fly from sophomore Jessica Rouse (Jacksonville, FL) for the 3-0 lead. Mars Hill threatened with runners at first and second with one out in the top half of the fourth before ace pitcher Kelly Powe (Naples, FL) retired the next two batters. FGCU tacked on an insurance run in the fifth as Rouse hit her first career home run over the leftfield fence. Rouse, Beck and Donnelly each had a pair of hits for the Eagles. Boyd and senior center fielder Ashley Cecil (Naples, FL) chipped in with a double each. Powe (14-4) picked up her 10th straight victory, pitching six innings of hitless ball before three singles in the seventh. Kristi Marszalec of Mars Hill fell to 6-8 on the year as she allowed four runs, while giving up nine hits. In the nightcap the Eagles picked up right where they left off… hitting and scoring as they scored in each of the first four innings. The encore session of the hitting expo began as Cecil led off with a single, stole second and third before being waved home on a throwing error by the catcher. The next three innings were more of the same as the Eagles scored three in the second, one in the third, and three again in the fourth to make the score 8-2. Mars Hill scored two runs in the top of the second as they had back-to-back singles. Both runners would later score on an Eagles throwing error. The Lions would score again in the top of the seventh, but that would be all as they were defeated 8-3. Cecil went 2-for-4 with a RBI to pace the Eagles offensive attack. Both Kristy Ringler (Labelle, FL) and Kate Fishburn (Fort Myers, FL), who hit her first career home run, went 2-3 with two runs batted in. Junior Natasha Meyer (Coral Springs, FL), Toleman, Beck, and Rouse chipped in with one hit each. Contributed by: Tanya Mitchell