FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Florida Gulf Coast University softball team has broken into the top 25 of the Ultimate College Softball Poll. The Eagles are ranked 23rd in country according to the latest UCS poll, released on Tuesday (March 10). This marks the first time in the Eagles' history that they are ranked in the Top 25 as a NCAA D-I softball program.
"You have to beat good teams in order to be regarded as a good team," said head coach Dave Deiros. "I congratulate our players for earning this accomplishment. Now we will see how we react to being the hunted instead of being the hunter."
The FGCU softball team finished up the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament with a perfect 6-0 record after defeating Santa Clara University on Sunday afternoon by a score of 11-1 in five innings. With the win, the Eagles extended their winning streak to 16 games.
Third baseman Cheyenne Jenks (Naples, Fla.) garnered her second consecutive Player of the Week award. Jenks came off a 4-for-4 game against Radford the night before, and put the Eagles out in front early against Santa Clara with a grand slam to left field, her 14th home run of the season in the final game of the tournament.
Three Eagle players earned All-Tournament Team honors. Jenks won Most Outstanding Player, joining her were infielders Jessica Carter (Ocala, Fla.) and Desiree Miller (Hartville, Ohio).
The Eagles will be back in action participating in a tournament this weekend hosted by USF in Clearwater, Florida. The tournament begins on Friday, March 13th, and runs through Sunday, March 15th. Friday, FGCU takes on Ball State at 1:00 p.m. and Indiana at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, the Eagles battle Hofstra at 11:00 a.m. and Brigham Young at 4:00 p.m. FGCU will close out the tournament against nationally-ranked Massachusetts on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
Ultimate College Softball Top 25
7) Arizona State
12) North Carolina
13) Ohio State
21) Florida State
23) Florida Gulf Coast
24) Fresno State
25) Southern Illinois
Dropped Out: Baylor (No. 23), LSU (No. 25)
Others: Oklahoma State (17-4) 22, LSU (15-5) 21, Nevada (16-9) 15, Cal Poly-SLO (14-6) 14, Auburn (20-6) 11, Baylor (18-8) 10, Georgia Tech (13-6) 4, Texas A&M (18-9) 4, SIU-Edwardsville (13-5) 3, Long Island (5-7) 1, Purdue (11-5) 1, Nebraska (11-4) 1, Texas (15-5) 1