FGCU Softball Sweeps Two from Clark Atlanta
ATLANTA, GA – Senior Ashley Cecil (Naples, Fla.) had six hits, scored eight runs and had nine stolen bases to lead Florida Gulf Coast University to a sweep over Clark Atlanta University in a NCAA Division II South Region softball doubleheader, 11-0 and 6-1.
FGCU, which has now won five of its last six games, improves to 28-14. Clark Atlanta falls to 18-28.
Cecil went 5-for-5 with five runs scored and six stolen bases in the opener as FGCU scored in all seven innings. Cecil becomes just the fifth player in NCAA history to steal six bases in a single game, tying a record last accomplished in 1994.
Senior Blaire Toleman (Lehigh Acres, Fla.), sophomore Jessica Rouse (Jacksonville, Fla.) and shortstop Christine Beck (Hudson, Fla.) had two hits each. Beck, who smashed a two-run homerun to left in the seventh, and Toleman both had three RBI. It was Beck’s first home run since the 2003 season.
Junior Amanda Bechtoldt (New Baden, Ill.) improved to 7-5 by tossing a complete game two-hitter with a career-high 12 strikeouts and no walks. The first game shutout extended the FGCU pitching staff’s scoreless streak to 20 innings.
Toleman went 2-for-4 with a RBI in the nightcap while Cecil went 1-for-2 with two walks, three runs scored and three stolen bases to run her stolen base total to 55 this season.
Sophomore Annie Voyles (Bronson, Fla.) gave up just one hit in four innings to even her season record to 1-1. Bechtoldt tossed two innings of scoreless relief. Beck, making her first pitching appearance in two seasons, allowed a run in the seventh but struck out two. The run was the first given up in 26 innings by Eagles pitchers.
FGCU will play its third twin bill in three days tomorrow against West Georgia at 1 p.m.