No. 17 Eagle Softball Flies Over Hawks 9-6
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The No. 17 Florida Gulf Coast University (27-4) softball team defeated the Saint Anselm College (5-5) 9-6 at the FGCU Softball Complex. It was the second game of the day for the Eagles who defeated Saint Joseph’s College (ind.) earlier in the day 3-2.
The Eagles scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Sophomore Hillary Johnson (Fort Myers, Fla.) hit a single to right field scoring the first run bringing home senior Christine Beck (Hudson, Fla.), who reached on a walk. Freshman right fielder LeeAnne McDowell (Arcadia, Fla.) hit a single to center field putting two runners on base. Junior first baseman Natasha Johnson (Fort Pierce, FL) then hit a homerun to score McDowell and Johnson to give the Eagles the 4-0 lead.
The Eagles did not enjoy their lead for long as the Hawks scored six runs in the top of the second. The Hawks loaded the bases with three singles by Kaitlyn Maciag (Gales Ferry, CT), Jessica Wilson (Billerica, MA) and Nicole Baginski (Beverly, MA). Haley Wojtasinski singled to left field scoring Maciag. Brianna Welenc (Greenfield, MA) hit a single to right field scoring two runners Baginski and Wilson. Wojtasinski scored on an error and freshman Kerry Wilusz (Dighton, MA) hit a single to right field scoring two more runners giving the Hawks the 6-4 lead.
In the third, McDowell was hit by a pitch to make it to first and stole second. She was brought home by a double by sophomore second baseman Alisha Boyd (Naples, Fla.). Junior catcher Roz Tyre (Lake City, Fla.) hit a double scoring Boyd to tie the game 6-6.
In the fourth inning freshman Cheyenne Jenks (Naples, Fla.) received a walk and was brought home on a single by junior Jessica Rouse (Jacksonville, Fla.). McDowell hit a single to center field scoring Rouse giving the Eagles an 8-6 lead.
To seal the deal in the fifth inning, the Eagles scored one more run with junior outfielder Rachel Homan (Vero Beach, Fla.) pulling some quick base work. Homan made it to first base with a bunt single, stole second and went to third on an error by the Hawks catcher. Homan then made it home on an error by the Hawks center fielder landing the 9-6 final score.
The winning pitcher was freshman Melissa Geissler (Fort Myers, Fla.) who pitched four innings with three strikeouts. She allowed eight hits and six runs.
The next home game for the Eagles will be Monday, March 13 at 5:00 pm with a doubleheader versus #22 Winona State.