FORT MYERS, Fla. – The #12 Eagles split Friday’s doubleheader with Florida Tech. The Eagles took game one with a score 6-2, but then fell in game two 5-3.
The FGCU Eagles got on the board in game one in the bottom of the 2nd when Jessica Rouse (Jacksonville, Fla.) walked and Desiree Miller (Hartville, Ohio) singled through the right side. Natasha Johnson (Fort Pierce, Fla.) then drove one up the middle to score Rouse. The Eagles scored again off a sacrifice fly by Rouse in the bottom of the 3rd to put them ahead 2-1.
Carmen Paez (Belle Glade, Fla.) brought the Eagles to a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the 5th with a three run jack down the line against the wind, giving her 23 homeruns on the season, just shy of the NCAA Division II record.
The Panthers rallied in the top of the 7th with two outs when Ida Danielson singled up the middle, followed by a single through the right side by Sarah Oram, advancing two runners into scoring position. Danielle Stanley then singled up the middle scoring Jen Wise. However, the Eagle defense shut down the rally when Laura Chisena grounded out.
The Eagles took the first game with a score of 6-2, improving their record to 54-5, with Rachael Edinger (Lakeland, Fla.) picking up the win and improving her record to 26-1.
The Eagles started off strong in game two with a double to left center by Rachael Homan (Vero Beach, Fla.). With the bases loaded, Miller drove one up the middle to score Homan. Paez then scored on a single by Hillary Johnson (Fort Myers, Fla.).
The Panthers answered in the top of the 3rd when Danielson doubled to start the inning and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Oram. Chisena drove her in with a single to right field. Chisena then scored on a double from Kristen Fettes, bringing the score to 2-2.
The Eagles attempted to come back from being down 4-2 in the bottom of the 6th by taking advantage of walks, scoring one run. Florida Tech came out strong in the top of the 7th on a single by Chisena, who then stole second and advanced to third on a ground out from Fettes. Alexandrea Wiegand singled through the left side to score Chisena, putting the Panthers ahead 5-3. The Panthers shut down the Eagles’ offense in the bottom of the 7th sealing the win.
The Eagles fall to 54-6, with Dana Frantz (Brighton, Mich.) picking up the loss, giving her a record 24-4 on the season. Danielson picks up the win improving her record to 2-6. The Panthers improve to 41-24.
FGCU will play again Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 2:00 pm at the FGCU Softball Complex against Palm Beach Atlantic.