FGCU Hosts Stevens Industries FGCU Tournament
Thursday, March 03, 2011
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU softball team closes out its 16-game home stand as hosts to 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.

FGCU (5-11) is coming off two losses to Eastern Michigan on Wednesday night. After overcoming a three-run deficit, the Eagles fell, 4-3, in the first game after before dropping game two, 4-0.

This weekend will mark the first meeting between the Eagles and UT-Martin. FGCU owns a 5-0 record against St. Francis, last defeating the Red Flash, 12-0, last weekend. The Eagles also own a 4-0 record against the Ivy League’s Dartmouth, winning the last meeting on February 23, 2010, 5-0. Holding a 1-0 edge over both Colgate and St. John’s, the teams last met in the 2009 season. FGCU beat St. John’s, 14-4 (5), on February 14 before defeating Colgate, 8-0 (6), on February 27.

Freshman Brittney Garabedian (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) leads the team with a .310 average, while senior Courtney Platt (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast) is second on the team with a .278 average and has a team-high 16 walks. Freshman Jessica Barnes (Winter Park, Fla./Haines City) leads the team with six extra-base hits including two home runs.

With a 2-5 record, redshirt senior Catherine McDaniel (Melbourne, Fla./State College of Florida) tops the team with 28 strikeouts and a 1.94 ERA.

Tickets for the Stevens Industries FGCU Tournament can be purchased through the FGCU Ticket Office in Alico Arena either in person or by phone at (239) 590-7145. Tickets are also available at www.FGCUathletics.com/tickets. All Tournament passes, valid for all games during the tournament, will be $10 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 3-18). FGCU students, faculty and staff get in free of charge with an Eagle ID.

Current students attending the games will be eligible to win $800 if an FGCU player hits the Self Insured Plans (SIP) sign on the outfield wall in the air or hits a ball over the sign. FGCU will be running this “Diamond Dollars” promotion throughout the entire season. If the game finishes without a winner, the money rolls over to the next day continuing to increase the pot by $100 each day. Winners must have a valid FGCU student ID and be present to win.

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.

Fri. Mar. 4

Dartmouth vs. St. Francis, 10:00 a.m.
UT-Martin vs. Colgate,12:15 p.m.
Colgate vs. Dartmouth, 2:30 p.m.
St. Francis vs. FGCU, 4:45 p.m.
FGCU vs. UT-Martin, 7:00 p.m.

Sat. Mar. 5
St. Francis vs. St. John’s, 9:00 a.m.
UT-Martin vs. St. Francis, 11:15 a.m.
St. John’s vs. Colgate, 1:30 p.m.
Dartmouth vs. UT-Martin, 3:45 p.m.
Colgate vs. FGCU, 6:00 p.m.
FGCU vs. Dartmouth, 8:15 p.m.

Sun. Mar. 6
St. John’s vs. UT-Martin, 9:00 a.m.
Colgate vs. Dartmouth, 11:15 a.m.
FGCU vs. St. John's, 1:30 p.m.