FGCU Softball Sweeps #20 Saint Leo Lions
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University women’s softball team won a shut-out doubleheader against (#20) Saint Leo University at the FGCU Softball Complex Sunday afternoon. The Eagles now (4-2) defeated the lions (2-2) 2-0 in game one and 1-0 in game 2.
In game one, the Eagles scored in the bottom of the fifth inning when senior short stop Christine Beck (Hudson, FL) batted a triple and was brought home by junior catcher Roz Tyre (Lake City, FL) on a single left center.
The Eagles sealed the deal in game two with yet another run in the bottom of the sixth by freshman out-fielder LeeAnne McDowell (Arcadia, FL) who hit a strong triple deep into right field. McDowell who was two for one at bat was then brought home by Beck on a single left center. Beck led the team going three for two at bat in game one.
In game two, the game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth. The Eagles were determined to score as junior first baseman Natasha Johnson (Ft. Pierce, FL) started it off with a double to center field. Freshman out-fielder Rachael Morgani (Port Charlotte, FL) came in as a pinch runner for Johnson. Next at bat was freshman second baseman Paige Raulerson (Labelle, FL) who singled off of a bunt, taking Morgani to third. Junior out-fielder Rachel Homan (Vero Beach, FL) received a walk from Saint Leo’s pitcher Katie Heintz (Portland, OR) as bases were full. Freshman third baseman Cheyenne Jenks then came up to the plate and hit a fly out to left-field that left Morgani time to advance home. Morgani came in hard to the plate causing the Lion’s catcher to drop the ball as she came into home calling her safe.
“I think our kids did a great job with their discipline at the plate,” said Head Coach David Deiros. “It is a far cry from our efforts on Thursday and Friday. Congratulations to our pitching staff for their performances so far this season.”
Game one was pitched by sophomore (2-1) Rachael Edinger (Lakeland, FL). Edinger posted 11 strikeouts and allowed only two hits, no runs and no error with one walk. She has pitched 21 innings so far this season with 32 strike-outs leading the team.
Game two was led at the mound by junior (2-0) Sarah Backe (Flossmoor, IL). Backe led the Eagles with three strike-outs with only two hits, no runs, no errors and a walk. She has collected 13 strike-outs for the season with 14 total innings pitched.
The Lions were led by Ashley Urbanik (Riverview, FL) and Heintz from the mound. Urbanik pitched game one with six strike-outs in six innings and Heintz led with seven strike-outs with four hits, one run and one error.
The Eagles will now travel to Carrollton, Georgia for West Georgia’s two day tournament. The Eagles will take on Alabama Huntsville and West Alabama on day one Febuary 17th at 1pm and 3pm. On Saturday February 18th they will play West Georgia at 10 am and Delta State MS at noon.
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