Softball Set to host 2006 Spring Break Invitational
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Florida Gulf Coast University softball team will host a six-team invitational this weekend, March 2-6, at the FGCU Softball Complex.
Participating teams include fifth-ranked Concordia-St. Paul (MN), Newberry College (SC), Gannon University (PA), Grand Valley State (MI), and Saginaw Valley State (MI).
FGCU enters the tournament with a record of 16 wins and only three losses. It will be the first games of the season for Grand Valley State and Saginaw Valley State. Newberry College enters the tournament with six wins, eight losses, and one tie. Fifth-ranked Concordia’s record is seven wins and three losses. Two of Concordia’s losses came at the hands of Gannon, who is undefeated with eight wins.
The Eagles come into the tournament hitting .284 as a team. Junior left fielder Jessica Rouse (Jacksonville, Fla) leads the team in batting with a .458 average with three home runs and 19 RBI. Junior right fielder Amanda Deen (Jacksonville, Fla) is second in hitting with a .447 average and 12 RBI. Senior shortstop Christine Beck (Hudson, Fla) rounds out the top three hitters, hitting .379 with two home runs and 12 RBI. Junior center fielder Rachel Homan (Vero Beach, Fla) has added 14 stolen bases to the Eagles’ offense.
The Eagles’ pitching staff has been phenomenal through 19 games, recording a 0.91 team ERA. Junior transfer Sarah Backe (Flossmoor, Ill.) is a perfect 4-0 with a 0.72 ERA and one save. Sophomore transfer Rachael Edinger (Lakeland, Fla) is 6-2 in the circle and has one save. Edinger has a 0.89 ERA and 76 strikeouts. Edinger was the MVP for the FGCU Invitational Tournament last week. Freshman Melissa Geissler (Fort Myers, Fla) is 4-1 with one save and a 1.24 ERA.
“Ten games in five days will test our pitching, our endurance, and our mental focus,” said FGCU head coach Dave Deiros. “I think we are playing well enough that we are up to this task.”