Softball Team Runs Wins Streak to 11 Games
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University softball team extended its winning streak to 11 games Tuesday night with a doubleheader sweep of Mercyhurst University (Pa.), 7-0 and 10-1, at the FGCU Softball Complex.
FGCU (16-3) has now recorded the second longest winning streak in program history. The longest win streak of 16 games was accomplished in 2004.
As has been the case through the current streak, strong pitching and opportunistic offense was once again the key for the Eagles. FGCU pitchers held Mercyhurst to just three hits in two games, while the offense produced 16 hits, including five for extra bases, and eight stolen bases.
In the opener, sophomore Rachael Edinger (Lakeland, Fla.) and junior Sarah Backe (Flossmoor, Ill.) combined for the team’s second no-hitter in five games, both against Mercyhurst. Edinger (6-2), the team leader in wins, struck out eight of the 16 batters she faced through five innings, surrendering just a walk and only allowing one runner to reach scoring position. Backe came on to shut the door in the final two innings, picking up three strikeouts.
The Eagles provided Edinger with all the support she would need with three runs in the first. Junior Amanda Deen (Jacksonville, Fla.) and sophomore Roz Tyre (Lake City, Fla.) each had RBI singles while junior Jessica Rouse (Jacksonville, Fla.) belted an RBI double. FGCU would add an insurance run in the second, and two more in the third, highlighted by senior Christine Beck’s (Hudson, Fla.) second home run of the year. Pinch runner Rachel Morgani (Port Charlotte, Fla.) scored the final run on an RBI double in the sixth from junior Natasha Johnson (Ft. Pierce, Fla.)
In the nightcap, the Eagles scored in four straight innings for the eight-run mercy rule win. After Mercyhurst plated the first run of the game in the top of the first, FGCU manufactured the tying run in the bottom of the inning. Junior Rachel Homan (Vero Beach, Fla.) singled, stole second and third, and scored on a wild pitch. The Eagles blew the game open with five runs in the second on one hit, two walks, two hit batsman and an error. They added a run in the third on an RBI single by freshman Cheyenne Jenks (Naples, Fla.) and three runs in the fourth.
Beck and Deen had a pair of hits and two RBI each to lead the seven-hit attack. Freshman Melissa Geissler (Fort Myers, Fla.) went the distance with three strikeouts to improve her record to 4-1.
The Eagles host the six-team Spring Break Tournament at the FGCU Softball Complex from Thursday, March 2 -6. FGCU will face Gannon in their first game of the tourney at 5 p.m. Thursday night.