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Softball Earns a Split With UNF
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The FGCU softball team had its 24-game winning streak snapped in the first game of a doubleheader split against UNF at the UNF Softball Complex.
UNF (14-16, 4-2 A-Sun) came out swinging in the opener and never let up, winning the contest 8-2 before falling in the nightcap 6-5 in eight innings to the Eagles (33-5, 3-1 A-Sun).
Devyn Findley threw a complete-game in the opener, limiting the best offensive team in the Atlantic Sun Conference to only two runs before coming on in the second game to strike out five in relief.
The Lady Osprey offense struck first in game one, plating a pair of runs in the first inning. Ashley Battaglia drove home the opening run of the game with a double that scored Arianna Godwin before scoring herself when Caroline Torre reached on a bases loaded walk. Torre drove in her second run of the game in the third inning with an RBI single that plated Nicolette Chimato to give UNF a 3-1 advantage.
UNF kept tacking on to the lead from there, scoring two more runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and one more in the seventh on a Battaglia home run that hit the foul pole in left field.
Findley worked her way out of several jams in the contest, leaving 13 Eagles on base. Florida Gulf Coast loaded the bases in the first, second and fifth innings of play but scored only two runs during those rallies.
Courtney Platt (Naples, Fla.) and Desiree Miller (Hartville, Ohio) each had two hits to lead the Eagle offense.
UNF jumped on top again in the second game, taking advantage of a Cheyenne Jenks (Naples, Fla.) error to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
FGCU was able to bounce back, however, claiming a 5-3 advantage on home runs by Jessica Carter (Ocala, Fla.) and Miller, who came off the bench to hit a three-run home run. UNF’s Airen Payne tied the game with a home run of her own in the bottom of the fifth.
Findley found herself in one last bases-loaded jam in the top of the eighth and couldn’t turn the Eagles away, surrendering a run on a Samantha Waldron (Plant City, Fla.) base hit up the middle.
The Lady Ospreys tried to put together a two-out rally in the bottom of the eighth, putting a pair of runners on before Block flew out to end the game.
Cat McDaniel (Melbourne, Fla.) picked up the win, pitching 7.2 innings, allowing eight hits, and striking out a pair of batters. She is now 14-0 on the season.