Softball Wins Twice in Day 1 of FGCU Invite
Fort Myers, Fla- The Florida Gulf Coast University softball team had an undefeated day at the Florida Gulf Coast University Invitational Tournament, as they went 2-0 against Mercyhurst University and Palm Beach Atlantic. The Eagles got off to a great start soundly defeating regional opponent Palm Beach Atlantic 13-0, and then finished the evening beating Mercyhurst 3-0.
In the first game, the Eagles got their offense going in the second inning with a triple by sophomore Hillary Johnson (Fort Myers, Fla.), who was then driven in by junior Natasha Johnson (Fort Pierce, Fla). From that point on, the Sailfish didn’t stand a chance. The Eagles scored 13 runs on 18 hits.
Junior Jessica Rouse (Jacksonville, Fla.) led the Eagles going 2-for-3 with a triple and four RBI. Junior Rachel Homan (Vero Beach, Fla.) went two for three with one RBI and added two stolen bases. So far, Homan is a perfect eight for eight in stolen bases and attempts. Freshman Melissa Geissler (Fort Myers, Fla.) improved her record in the circle to three wins and one loss.
The Eagles faced stiffer competition in the second game against the Mercyhurst Lakers. Sophomore Rachael Edinger (Lakeland, Fla.) pitched lights-out softball, only giving up two hits and no runs, while amassing ten strike outs. Edinger improves her record to four wins and two losses. Edinger had some help shutting down the Laker offense from freshman third baseman Cheyenne Jenks (Naples, Fla), who made several great defensive plays. The most impressive defensive effort of the game was by Homan, who made a diving catch during the top of the fifth inning to save a double and thwart any hopes of a Mercyhurst rally.
Offensively, Rouse led the Eagles going two for three with an RBI. Junior Amanda Deen (Jacksonville, Fla.) went 2-for-4 and also added an RBI. In the final inning of the game, senior Christine Beck (Hudson, Fla.) put the game out of reach for the Lakers by sending a laser beam homerun out of the park.
The win over Mercyhurst displayed all of the Eagles talents and abilities.
“We were finally solid in every aspect of the game: pitching, hitting, and defense," said Deiros. "Now, it is all coming together. We just have to keep our focus and continue to do everything well.”
FGCU (10-3 overall, 7-3 region) is scheduled for Mercyhurst at 4 p.m. and #6 LeMoyne at 6 p.m. in Saturday's Day Two of the FGCU Invitational.