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Softball Sweeps Belmont in A-Sun Doubleheader
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The 23rd-ranked FGCU softball team swept another A-Sun doubleheader, defeating Belmont by scores of 14-0 and 9-1. With the wins, FGCU improves to 46-8 overall and 14-4 in conference play. The Eagles got out front early in game one, scoring a run in the first inning without the benefit of any hits. Belmont's Julie Harmon walked Jessica Paez (Belle Glade, Fla.) and then hit Cheyenne Jenks (Naples, Fla.). After a walk to Courtney Platt (Naples, Fla.), an illegal pitch was called, allowing all three runners to advance one base, scoring Paez with the game's first run. FGCU widened the lead in the second inning, again taking advantage of some Belmont mistakes. Only two Eagles recorded hits in the inning, both singles, but thanks to four walks, one hit by pitch, one passed ball, and four wild pitches, FGCU plated three runs in the inning. The offensive barrage continued in the third inning, as the Eagles scored nine runs in the frame, extending the lead to 13-0 after three innings of play. FGCU added another run in the fourth to make it 14-0, and Cassidy Rash came in to finish the game with a scoreless fifth inning. Catherine McDaniel started and pitched brilliantly, throwing four scoreless innings allowing just one hit and no walks, improving her record to 21-1 on the year.
In game two, the Eagles took a little bit longer to get on the scoreboard, as Ashley Byers held FGCU scoreless through the first 4 innings. The Bruins broke out in front with a run in the top of the fifth, but FGCU would answer back with a 7-run outburst in the bottom half of the inning. Desiree Miller (Hartsville, Ohio) delivered the big blow for the Eagles, connecting on a grand slam off of Julie Harmon. In the bottom of the sixth, Courtney Platt drilled a solo shot over the 220 mark in dead center field for her xth home run of the season. Samantha Waldron followed that up with a solo shot of her own, her xth of the season, ending the game via the 8-run mercy rule. Morgan Campen (Rougemont, NC) started in the circle for the Eagles, pitching five innings of one-run ball, allowing just three hits and one walks.
Campen improved her record to 4-1 on the season. Dana Frantz (Brighton, Mich.) came on in relief, pitching a perfect sixth inning.
The Eagles will wrap up the 2009 season at home on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader against Lipscomb. As it is the last home games of the season, it will be Senior Day, with all seven seniors being honored between games. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 2:00 PM at the FGCU Softball Complex.