CLEARWATER, Fla. – The FGCU softball team fell to No. 18 Oklahoma State, 10-1, in its first game before beating Quinnipiac, 5-1, in the nightcap on the second day of the USF The Game Tournament at the Eddie C. Moore Complex on Saturday.
FGCU takes its 16-17 record into its final game of the tournament against Kent State on Sunday at noon. Oklahoma State improved to 24-6, while Quinnipiac dropped to 12-11.
Oklahoma State tallied five runs on five hits in both the first and fourth inning to take the game in five innings.
The Eagles tallied their lone run in the bottom of the fourth on freshman Regan Knapik’s (Land O’Lakes, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch) single to the left side. Sophomore Mariah Fernández’ (Cape Coral, Fla./North Fort Myers) reached base on a walk, advanced a single and walk before stepping on home to end the Cowgirls’ chance at a shutout.
FGCU threatened in the fifth, loading the bases with no outs, but Cowgirl pitcher Simone Freeman came in relief and struck out the final three batters to end the game.
Senior Kelci Breaux (Okeechobee, Fla./Brevard CC) (4-5) picked up the loss, giving up six hits, two walks and five runs, while striking out one in three innings. Morgan Hawkins (4-0) earned the win, giving up just two hits and fanning three in three innings.
In the second game of the day, senior Courtney Platt (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast) fired off her third home run of the season giving FGCU a 1-0 lead.
The Eagles added three runs on three hits and a Quinnipiac miscue in the fourth. Freshman Jessica Barnes’ (Winter Haven, Fla./Haines City) singled, stole second and advanced to third on the throw before Knapik singled to put runners on the corners. Freshman Tori Williams’ (Dunnellon, Fla./Dunnellon) singled to left field to advance Knapik and plate Barnes. With Eagles on first and second, an error on Platt’s hit to left field allowed the runners to score and give FGCU a 4-0 lead.
Fernández plated Platt from third in the seventh for the final run of the night. Platt led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a Quinnipiac error before motoring across the plate.
Senior Catherine McDaniel (Melbourne, Fla./Florida Tech) (7-8) earned the win, giving up six hits, while striking out four in seven innings. Mina Duffy hit a solo shot in the sixth inning to score the lone Quinnipiac run.
Platt had two hits and two walks on the day with three RBI, while three other Eagles had multi-hit days.