Softball Splits on Day One of FGCU Spring Break Tournament
FORT MYERS, Fla., - The Florida Gulf Coast University softball team ran their winning streak 11 straight games with a 4-3 win over CW Post, then saw it snapped with a 6-4 loss to Palm Beach Atlantic in the first day of the 2007 FGCU Spring Break Tournament. FGCU is now 19-3 on the year.
In the first game, FGCU got on the board immediately as Cheyenne Jenks (Naples, Fla.) singled and stole second before Carmen Paez (Belle Glade, Fla.) drove in the games first run. CW Post answered in the top of the second with an unearned run. The Eagles would add two more in the bottom of the second as Jessica Gary (Naples, Fla.) singled to score Desiree Miller (Hartville, Ohio). Alisha Boyd (Naples, Fla.) doubled to bring Gary home and give FGCU a 3-0 lead.
CW Post had an answer again in the top of the fourth, this time with a homerun from Jill Fisher. In the fifth, Megan Correia drilled a homer over the left field fence to knot the score again. FGCU took the lead for good in the sixth. With two outs, Roz Tyre (Lake City, Fla.) singled and advanced on a wild pitch before Rachel Homan (Vero Beach, Fla.) doubled home the winning run.
Rachel Edinger (Lakeland, Fla.) picked up her ninth straight win to start the season despite allowing a season-high three runs, two of which were earned. Edinger fanned six batters while allowing five hits. Jenks went 2-for-4 while Paez was 2-for-3 for the Eagles.
In the second game, the Sailfish scored the first run in the third inning as Chelsea Gravini led off the inning with a double and scored with a single by Nikki Staten. PBA added a second run in the top of the fourth before exploding for four in the fifth. Three of PBA’s runs in the fifth were unearned as FGCU committed a pair of errors in the inning. FGCU would not get on the board until the seventh when they attempted a dramatic comeback.
Homan led off the inning with a solo homer. Jenks drew a walk as did Jessica Rouse (Jacksonville, Fla.). Jessica Carter (Ocala, Fla.) singled to bring home Jenks and Rouse to cut the lead to 6-3. After a PBA error extended the inning, Carter later scored on a passed ball to cut the lead to 6-4. However, PBA was able to get out of the inning with no more damage and snap FGCU’s 11-game winning streak.
Gravini was 3-for-4 for PBA with a pair of RBI while Casey Gibson was also 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
Homan went 2-for-4 for FGCU as did Desiree Miller. Carter was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and a run scored.
The Eagles will be back in action again tomorrow morning when they host #8 LeMoyne to begin the second day of the 2007 FGCU Spring Break Tournament.