FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU softball team, 19-4 overall, will travel to Manoa, Hawaii to participate in the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament from March 5-8. The four day tournament will be hosted at University of Hawaii's Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. The Eagles will take on Oregon State at 5 p.m. and No. 25 Mississippi State at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5. FGCU will then square off with Hawaii at midnight on Friday, March 6, followed by games again Mount St. Mary’s (6 p.m.) and Radford (8 p.m.) on Saturday, March, 7. Florida Gulf Coast will close out the tournament on Sunday, March 8, with a final game at 7 p.m. versus Santa Clara. All game times are Eastern. Live stats will be available for all games at www.hawaiiathletics.com.
Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament Notes
When: Wednesday, March 4 - Sunday, March 8, 2009
Where: Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
FLORIDA GULF COAST EAGLES
Conference: Atlantic Sun
Current Record: 19-4
2008 Record: 48-16 (overall), 1-6 (conference)
Head Coach: Dave Deiros (280-81-2/7th year)
The Eagles of Florida Gulf Coast have amassed a 19-4 record already in 2009, mainly with games from four tournaments. FGCU comes to Hawai’i riding an 11-game win streak. Their potent offense features 11 players hitting over the .300 marks with a team average of .367. The speedy Eagles have already stolen 41 bases in 53 attempts with Jessica Gary leading the way with 11 and Lauran Ziegler right behind with nine.
A-Sun Preseason Player of the Year and current A-Sun Player of the Week Cheyenne Jenks led the Eagles to a 6-0 finish at this past week’s FGCU Spring Break Tournament. The senior third baseman finished the week with four home runs, a .667 batting average, and a 1.750 slugging percentage. Jenks also had drove in nine RBI, scored 11 runs, hit one double, and drew six walks. Overall, Jenks is hitting an even .500 on the season (30-for-60) with 27 runs scored, five doubles, nine home runs and 31 RBI…first baseman Jessica Carter is hitting at a .482 clip (27-for-56) with 14 runs scored, eight doubles, two triples, a home run and 22 RBI…also hitting over .400 is outfielder Courtney Platt, who is at .466 (27-for-58) with 16 runs, six doubles, two triples, and three home runs. She is second on the team with 27 RBI.
The FGCU pitching staff has held opponents to a .240 batting average and has a combined team 2.87 ERA. The Eagles are led by their ace, Catherine McDaniel who is a perfect 9-0 in the circle in nine starts. She has a 1.84 ERA with six complete games and three shut-outs in 49.1 innings. She has walked 11 and struck out 58. Cassidy Rash is second on the team with 43.2 innings pitched. She is 4-1 with a 2.40 ERA in a team-high 12 appearances. Dana Frantz is 6-1 with a 4.91 ERA with 41.1 innings under her belt and Alexis Casey is 1-2 with a 1.50 ERA in 9.1 innings.
No. 25 MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS
Current Record: 11-3
2008 Record: 41-22 (overall), 13-14 (T-3rd, West SEC)
Head Coach: Jay Miller (176-142/5 MSU seasons, 885-557/24 seasons)
Mississippi State rolls into Hawaii with an 11-3 record and an experienced squad featuring several key players off last years team that was eliminated in the NCAA tournament by Hawai`i. Their powerful offense is hitting .313 as a team, while their stingy pitching staff has a combined 2.09 ERA and has held opponents to a .231 batting average.
The high-scoring Bulldog offense is led by All-American, Chelsea Bramlett who leads the team with a .512 average, 17 runs, and an amazing 20 stolen bases…Ali Bainbridge is also having a solid year, hitting .375 (15-for-40) with seven runs, a double, a triple, three home runs and 14 RBI…Courtney Moore has also done well, hitting .357 thus far with two doubles, a triple, a home run and a team best 15 RBI.
Two pitchers have seen the bulk of the action thus far in 2009, with both of them sporting ERA’s below 2.00. Kelsey Nurnberg is a perfect 6-0 with a 1.35 ERA. In 36.1 innings, she has walked just six batters while striking out 29. Lindsey Dunlap is 5-1 and leads the team with 10 appearances and 40.2 innings pitched. She carries a 1.55 ERA into the tourney and has held opposing offenses to a .196 average.
MOUNT ST. MARY'S
Current Record: 1-3
2008 Record: 21-36 (overall); 4-14 (NEC)
Head Coach: Larry Alvis (67-123 / 4 seasons)
Mount St. Mary’s begins its second week here in Hawaii. The Mount bounced back after an 0-3 start to defeat Western Carolina, 10-5 in the third place game of last weekend's Bank of Hawaii Invitational. The Mountaineers were 21-36 overall and 4-14 in conference last season.
Freshman Taylor Beebe had a solid first week of her collegiate career, hitting .571 in four games during the Bank of Hawaii Invitational. She was 4-for-7 at the plate with two doubles and an RBI…Senior Amanda Burk remains the core of the team, hitting .385 (5-for-13) with a double and two RBI…Nicole Reeder is hitting .273 with two RBI.
Senior Jamie Fowler earned the Mount’s only win in their opening weekend of play. She is 1-1 in two starts with a 3.77 ERA in 13 innings pitched. Fowler looked strong, holding the Rainbow Wahine down through most of their first meeting, until a two run sixth defeated the Mount, 2-0. Fowler has walked just one batter and has a staff-high 11 strike outs. The two Amanda’s, Hanson and Sadowl each got a start last week. Amanda Sadowl is 0-1 with a 14.00 ERA in four innings, while Amanda Hanson is 0-1 and has three walks and three strike outs in five innings.
Current Record: 10-10
2008 Record: 28-31 (overall), 6-15 (7th)
Head Coach: Kirk Walker (490-378-3 / 14 seasons)
The Beavers are 10-10 coming into the Malihini tourney. Head softball coach Kirk Walker earned his 500th career win this past Sunday with a 4-1 victory over Minnesota in the CS Fullerton DeMarini Invitational. OSU used a four-run seventh inning to down the Golden Gophers.
Oregon State is led by Audrey Roderfeld who has posted strong numbers across the board, she is hitting .365 (19-for-52) with eight runs, three doubles, a triple, two home runs and two home runs…Paige Lowe leads the Beavers with 10 runs scored, 20 hits, three home runs. Lowe is hitting .339 and is 3-for-3 in stolen bases…Stefanie Ewing is hitting .278 and has knocked in a team high 13 runs. She has scored five runs, hit three doubles, and two home runs.
OSU has used just two pitchers this season. Paige Hall leads the duo with a 2.48 ERA and a 6-3 record in 63.0 innings pitched. She has made 14 appearances with seven starts and four complete games. Kelly Dyer is 4-7 this season with a 3.01 ERA. She has thrown the most innings of any pitcher in the tourney, 74.1 and has two saves she has walked 19 while striking out 57.
Conference: Big south
Current Record: 4-2
2008 Record: 46-15 (overall), 13-2 (2nd)
Head Coach: Mickey Dean (90-42 / two seasons)
The Highlanders are coming off a strong 2008 season and a second place finish in the Big South Conference. Radford was on a four game winning streak, but fell in their final game last week to UT Martin, 9-1.
Hope Creasy leads the Highlanders with a .438 average in six games. She has scored two runs and has hit a double, a triple, a home run, and has driven in a team high seven runs…Michele Beall is hitting .364 (4-for-11) with a triple and three RBI…Shannon Keefe has also fared well, hitting .313 (5-for-16) with a double and a run scored.
Kellie Snooks is 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA in 16.2 innings pitched with a complete game and has made a team-high five appearances…Chelsea Kelley is 2-1 with a 4.67 ERA in four starts…Rebecca Whalley has made three appearances, two in relief. She is 0-1 with a 5.53 ERA in 6.1 innings.
Conference: Pacific Coast Softball
Current Record: 1-8
2008 Record: 9-51 (overall), 5-15 (5th)
Head Coach: Lisa Mize (9-51 / one season)
The Broncos of Santa Clara have gotten off to a slow start, but have faced tough competition in its early schedule.
Jenna Fong is hitting .429 to lead the Broncos and has scored two runs with a double…Briana Knight is 8-for-24 with a for a .333 average. She leads the team with four runs scored, four doubles, two home runs, and eight RBI…Amanda Edmonson is 5-for-16 at the plate for a .313 average and has a double and an RBI this season.
Fong also leads the pitchers, throwing a team-high 27.0 innings, but is 0-5 this season with a 7.33 ERA…Kaitlyn Rauschnot is 0-2 with a 9.42 ERA and 14.1 innings…Lauren Passafuime is 1-1 and has thrown 7.2 innings.
Current Record: 6-11
2008 Record: 40-21 (overall)
Head Coach: Bob Coolen (613-399-1 / 18 seasons)
The Rainbow Wahine got back on the winning track, going 6-0 this past week, winning the Bank of Hawaii Invitational tourney. Three of the six wins came in exhibition games against a feisty Tokyo Women's College of Physical Education team.
Reigning WAC Hitter of the Week, senior rightfielder Tanisha Milca, continues to lead UH with a .480 average on the season. She also has team highs with 16 runs scored, 24 hits, 13 RBI, and 11 walks. Milca had a personal best game against Mount St. Mary’s this past Sunday when she went 3-for-4 with her first career grand slam and six RBI in the game. Milca currently has a .720 slugging percentage and also leads the team with 10 multiple-hit games.
Fellow senior, third baseman Clare Warwick, has been solid at the hot corner and is currently hitting .347 with a team high four doubles. She has scored 10 runs with a triple and two home runs. In one of the exhibition games against Tokyo this past week, Warwick went on an offensive tear, going 2-for-4 with both hits coming on home runs. She hit a three-run homer and a grand slam in the game for seven RBI in the game. The seven RBI would’ve tied the school single-game record set by Dana Degen and Cheyene Thompson.
Coming on strong the past few weeks has been junior first baseman, Amanda Tauali‘i who has racked up a .278 average. She is tied with Milca with a team-high four home runs. Tauali`i has scored eight runs with a triple and 12 RBI.
A pair of freshman have also made an impact for the Rainbow Wahine. Second baseman Dara Pagaduan hit .857 this past week, going 6-for-7 at the plate. Overall, she has scored three runs and has seven RBI. Against Mount St. Mary’s, she hit her first career home run on Sunday. Makani Duhaylonsod-Kaleimamahu has also performed well, mostly as a designated player. She is hitting .278 on the season with two doubles, a home run and two RBI this year.
On the mound, the duo of senior Courtney Baughman and freshman Stephanie Ricketts has emerged as the pitching rotation for the ‘Bows. Baughman is 4-5 on the year with a 3.12 ERA. She has six complete games this season and has thrown a team high 56.0 innings and has walked 10 while fanning 36 in nine starts. Ricketts has shown her moxie on the mound, suffering some tough losses (1-0 to No. 1 Alabama in eight innings) But she fired a pair of shut-outs in the Bank of Hawaii Invitational and has been steady on the mound. She is now 2-3 this season with a 2.07 ERA in 10 appearances. She has thrown 44 innings and has 16 walks and 46 strike outs.