MIAMI, Fla. – Leading 8-3 in the seventh, the FGCU softball team surrendered five to tie the game and then lost 10-9 in nine innings against FIU at the Blue and Gold Felsberg Memorial on Sunday afternoon.
A wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth scored Jessica Landau from third to give FIU the win.
FGCU showed they know how to put runs on the board by scoring 51 runs over the five games played.
FIU got on the board first in the first inning. With the bases loaded and two out, freshman Ashley McClain advanced everybody one base with an RBI single. Jenny Welch then plated a two-run single to give the Golden Panthers an early 3-0 advantage.
The Eagles were was held scoreless until the fourth inning when Courtney Platt (Naples, Fla.) hit a three-run home run to tie the game at three. FIU pitcher Kasey Barrett then took over in the circle to get the final two outs of the inning, but the Eagles scored two off of Barrett in the fifth inning to take the lead 5-3.
FGCU then scored three runs in the top of the seventh giving the Eagles a 8-3 going into the bottom of the seventh. With one out, FGCU starting pitcher Cassidy Rash (Crystal River, Fla.) hit Katie Bell to start the rally. Senior Kim Rodriguez then singled and Jessica Landau walked to load the bases. After an FGCU pitching change, junior Lauren Spiers drew a walk to make the score 8-4.
With the bases still full, McClain hit a grounder to Alexis Casey (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), who over threw the catcher and two runs scored and brought FIU closer at 8-6. With runners at first and second, Welch smacked double to left-center field to score two and tie the game.
After the Eagles scored one in the top of the eighth thanks to Plaat‘s double to center field, the Golden Panthers matched it in the bottom half of the inning when Bell singled to score Iriseldis Soberon from third.
After FIU held FGCU scoreless in the top of the ninth, Landau was placed on second for FIU in the bottom of the ninth. Spiers singled on a bunt to set up first and third with no outs. A wild pitch sent Landau home and sliding safely for the winning run.
Casey (0-2) gave up the last four runs of the game in 1.2 innings pitched to get the loss for the Eagles.
FGCU improves to 7-3 this season after a 4-1 showing over the weekend.
FGCU will next be in action when they host the FGCU Spring Break Invitational from Feb. 20-22 at the FGCU Softball Complex.