FORT MYERS, Fla. – Despite overcoming a three-run deficit, FGCU dropped its first game to Eastern Michigan, 4-3, before falling, 4-0, in the night cap at the FGCU Softball Complex on Wednesday night.
With the losses, the Eagles fall to 5-11 on the season, while Eastern Michigan improves to 7-2.
In game one, EMU struck first in the top of the third and added runs in the fourth and fifth to lead FGCU 3-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. The Blue and Green scored senior Courtney Platt (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast) on Brittney Garabedian’s (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) single up the middle in the fourth.
Freshman Jessica Barnes (Winter Park, Fla./Haines City) hit a two-run shot over the left field wall in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 3-3.
The Green and White took their final lead of the game off a single through the left side. Lindsay Smith reached on a single before advancing on a sacrifice bunt and ground out. With two outs, Stacie Skodinski singled up the middle to bring Smith home.
Redshirt senior Catherine McDaniel (Melbourne, Fla./State College of Florida) (2-5) took the loss, giving up two earned runs on five hits and two walks in seven innings. She struck out three. Eastern Michigan put in three pitchers with Jenna Ignowski (4-1) picking up the win in 2.2 innings of work, striking out five.
In the second game, the teams were scoreless through the first three innings before Eastern Michigan tallied four runs on five hits in the fourth.
EMU’s pitcher Lauren Wells (1-0) limited FGCU to just one hit over the final three innings to earn the shutout in the circle. She allowed just four hits, while striking out seven.
Sophomore Stephanie Sullivan (Venice, Fla./Venice) (2-3) received the loss, allowing nine hits and four runs, while allowing no walks and fanning four.
Platt had two hits, both in the second game, while earning three walks and scoring one run.
FGCU hosts the Stevens Industries FGCU Tournament beginning on Friday, March 4. The Eagles play St. Francis (4:45 p.m.) and UT-Martin (7 p.m.) on Friday before facing Colgate (6 p.m.) and Dartmouth (8:15 p.m.) on Saturday. A game against the BIG EAST’S St. John’s closes out the tournament at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Live stats, box scores and recaps for every FGCU contest as well as the other tournament games are available at www.FGCUAthletics.com. Live updates of FGCU’s games can also be followed on www.twitter.com/FGCUEagles.