Softball Picks Up Sweep Over Florida Tech
MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University softball team took two games from Florida Tech Tuesday night to improve to 55-5 this season. The Eagles took game one 9-1 and game two by a score of 6-2. FGCU is now ranked fourth in the South Region poll.
Sophomore Rachael Edinger (Lakeland, Fla.) pitched a complete game striking out 10 Buccaneer batters to improve to 24-3 on the season. Edinger now has 230 strikeouts on the year which is good for the Eagles single-season strikeout record. Edinger surpasses Kelly Powe’s previous record of 220 K’s from 2004.
The Eagles struck first, putting two runs on the scoreboard in the third inning. Sophomore second baseman Alicia Boyd (Naples, Fla.) led off the inning with a solo jack over the left field wall. The next two FGCU batters were retired, bringing up junior Rachel Homan (Vero Beach, Fla.). Homan drew her 19th walk of the year and then proceeded to swipe second base with senior Christine Beck (Hudson, Fla.) at the plate. Beck singled through the left side of the infield scoring Homan from second. With Beck’s RBI the Eagles jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
FGCU scored three more runs in the top of the fifth inning. With one out Beck picked up another single, this one going through the middle of the infield. Freshman Cheyenne Jenks (Naples, Fla.) stepped in and crushed a two run jack to left field. Junior Roz Tyre (Lake City, Fla.) followed Jenks with a homerun of her own. The solo jack is the third homer of the year for Tyre. Jenks has now gone yard seven times this season. Florida Tech scored a run in the bottom of the fifth off an RBI single by Megan Hube.
The Eagles bats came alive again in the seventh inning. Already leading 5-1, FGCU added four more insurance runs off of an RBI single by Boyd and a three-run homer to left field by junior Sarah Backe (Flossmoor, Illinois). The three-run jack is Backe’s first homerun as an Eagle.
The game two starter for the Eagles was Sarah Backe. She pitched six innings with one run on seven hits. With the win, Backe improves to 11-0 on the year.
The FGCU hitters started where they left off in the first game scoring three runs in the first inning. With one out, Beck and Jenks both singled to reach base for the Eagles. Tyre stepped in the batter’s box and demolished a three-run homer over the left field wall. Florida Gulf Coast University scored again in the third when junior Natasha Johnson (Fort Pierce, Fla.) hit an RBI single that scored Jenks for the fourth Eagles run.
FGCU put two more runs on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh. Christine Beck picked up her seventh homerun of the season when she hit a two-run bomb over the left field wall. FIT's tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the inning, but they were only able to cut the deficit to four runs. FIT’s Katie Naumoff grounded out to third baseman Cheyenne Jenks to end the game and give the Eagles the sweep.
FGCU travels to Saint Leo tomorrow for its fifth doubleheader in the last six days. The Eagles conclude their regular season on Saturday in Fort Myers in a doubleheader against Lynn University.