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Softball Stays Alive With Thrilling Extra Innings Win
VALDOSTA, Ga., - The FGCU softball team kept their season alive with a 4-3 win over top seeded Valdosta State. The Eagles improve to 60-7 establishing a new school record for wins in a season. The Blazers finish the year at 47-9.
Valdosta State got on the board first with a run in the top of the first. Lead-off batter Telicia Ramsey led off with a single. Two batters later, Robin Williams drove in the first run of the game. The Eagles answered with a lead-off homerun by Rachel Homan (Vero Beach, Fla.), her second of the regional and 19th of the season. FGCU continued to get runners on base, but stranded five runners while lining into a pair of double plays in the first four innings.
The Blazers put up two more runs off a two-run single by Ashley Mayue to take a 3-1 lead. The Eagles evened up the score in the bottom of the fifth. Homan led off with a single down the left field line. Carmen Paez (Belle Glade, Fla.) came to the plate with one out and hit a two-run homer that just cleared the left field fence to knot the score.
Both teams squandered opportunities to score as the game went to extra innings. The Eagles left 10 runners on base in the contest while Valdosta State stranded nine.
However, in the bottom of the ninth, Cheyenne Jenks (Naples, Fla.) led off with her 4th hit of the game. Paez hit a line drive to the right field fence that scored Jenks for the winning run.
Dana Frantz (Brighton, Mich.) came in and picked up the win in relief to move to 27-4 on the year while Ashley Mayhue picked up the loss for the Blazers.
The Eagles will be in action again at approximately 6:30 when they face Rollins in an elimination game.