Another Sweep in Doubleheader action for No. 17 Eagles
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The No. 17 FGCU softball team swept another doubleheader as they downed the Owls of Southern Connecticut State University. In the first game, the Eagles used the mercy rule to end the game after the top of the fifth inning by a score of 9-0. The second game, FGCU won 6-1 after allowing a run in the final inning. The Eagles record is now 35-4 this season.
Between games, the Florida Gulf Coast University softball team inducted its first members to its “Wall of Fame.” 2005 All-Region Kelly Powe and All-American Ashley Cecil-Spencer become the first honorees in FGCU’s short history.
Game one featured Junior Rachael Edinger (Lakeland, FL) in the pitching circle for the Eagles. Edinger pitched another near flawless game as she recorded her 10th shutout and 16th complete game of the year. She allowed one hit and struck out nine batters, giving her 151 strikeouts in 119 innings.
The Eagles struck early as they scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Senior Christine Beck (Hudson, FL) reached on a fielder’s choice and would eventually be the first run scored in the game. Beck advanced to third on a hard-hit single up the middle by junior Jessica Rouse (Jacksonville, FL). Sophomore Hillary Johnson (Fort Myers, FL) hit a single that scored Beck. With runners on first and second the Owl’s pitcher Kelly Brenner walked junior Roz Tyre (Lake City, FL) to load the bases. Junior first baseman, Natasha Johnson (Ft. Pierce, FL) popped up to the shortstop. The Eagles now had two outs as junior Rachel Homan (Vero Beach, FL) stepped into the batter’s box. Homan crushed a three RBI triple to right field scoring Hillary Johnson, Rouse, and Tyre.
Sophomore Alisha Boyd (Naples, FL) started the bottom of the second inning with a double that nearly went over the center field wall. Two more runs were scored by the Eagles in the second when Rouse drove a single to left field scoring Beck and Boyd.
The final Eagles runs came in the bottom of the fourth when the lead-off hitter Boyd demolished the first pitch over the left field wall for her first homerun of the season. Later in the inning, with Beck on second and freshman Rachel Holloway (Bokeelia, FL) on third, Hillary Johnson reached first on an error by the shortstop that scored both runners. Edinger came out to finish the game in the top of the fifth inning. She struck out the side giving the Eagles the first of two wins.
Boyd went 2 for 2 with one RBI and Rachel Homan added 3 RBI with her first triple of the year.
Freshman Melissa Geissler (Fort Myers, FL) pitched the second game for the Eagles as she acquired her fifth complete game of the year to improve to 8-2 with an ERA of 1.62. Geissler only allowed three hits and one unearned run with three strikeouts in seven innings of action.
The Eagles waited until the third inning to get on the scoreboard. Sophomore Lauren Barraco (North Fort Myers, FL) and freshman Cheyenne Jenks (Naples, FL) both reached base with singles. With two runners on, Rouse doubled to left scoring Barraco and Jenks to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead.
FGCU did not strike again until the seventh inning. Holloway who pinch hit for the catcher Barraco, started the inning off with a walk. Jenks hit a double knocking in Holloway all the way from first. Jenks advanced to second with her 12th stolen base of the year. Beck stepped and hit a RBI single through the middle of the infield that scored Jenks. Then Rouse smashed her ninth homer of the year to give the Eagles a 6-0 lead going into the bottom of the seventh.
Rouse ended the game 2 for 3 with four RBI and one run scored. Beck went 2 for 2 with 1 RBI, a walk and a sacrifice bunt.
The Eagles host another double-header Monday evening at 5 pm against South Region foe Florida Tech who comes into the game with a record of 18-3.