FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU softball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader to the visiting Ospreys of North Florida on Saturday afternoon at the FGCU Softball Complex. UNF took game one, 2-1, before winning game two in eight innings, 4-2. Tiffani Upchurch (Lake Wales, Fla.) collected three hits and scored twice in the two games for the Eagles.
The Blue and Green now stand at 15-21 overall, 4-2 in the A-Sun, while the Ospreys improve to 17-18, 3-1 in conference.
Devyn Findley’s two-out two-run double gave the Ospreys a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Findley, the starting pitcher for the Ospreys, would make those runs stand up, allowing just one run in the game.
The Eagles didn’t advance a runner into scoring position until the fifth inning. Upchurch and Erin Olson (Naples, Fla.) both singled, but Nicole Boswell (Jacksonville, Fla.) popped out to end the inning.
FGCU was able to mount a seventh-inning rally, loading the bases with nobody out. After a foul out and a strikeout, Lauran Ziegler (Palm Bay, Fla.) drew a walk, scoring Upchurch. Jessica Gary (Naples, Fla.) had an opportunity to tie the game or win it, but she struck out, giving UNF a 2-1 victory in game one.
Catherine McDaniel (Melbourne, Fla.) pitched a complete game, taking the loss to fall to 7-10. McDaniel allowed two unearned runs on four hits, walking three and striking out six.
Ziegler finished 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. Upchurch also went 2-for-3, scoring the Eagles only run.
In game two, the Ospreys took the lead on a bases loaded walk in the top of the second. A double play ended the threat with UNF holding a 1-0 lead.
Courtney Platt (Greenville, Ohio) singled home Chelsea Yates (Boynton Beach, Fla.) to tie it at 1-1 with two outs in the bottom of the fifth.
Yates gave the Eagles the lead with a two-out double to deep left center, scoring Upchurch to put the home team ahead, 2-1.
Findley extended the ballgame, hitting a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the seventh.
After the Eagles came up empty in the bottom of the seventh, UNF scored twice in the top of the eighth to take a 4-2 lead.
The Blue and Green were set down in order in the bottom of the eighth, falling by a final score of 4-2.
Kelci Breaux (Okeechobee, Fla.) allowed two runs on seven hits in six-plus innings of work, receiving a no decision. Breaux also walked four batters, hit a batter, and struck out two. Stephanie Sullivan (Venice, Fla.) took the loss in relief, falling to 3-5 on the year. Sullivan allowed two runs on two hits, walking one and striking out one.
Platt finished game two 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Yates went 1-for-1 with a double, run scored, and RBI.
The Eagles travel to Miami, Fla. for a doubleheader at Florida International on Tuesday, March 30. First pitch for game one is set for 5 p.m.