JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A three-RBI home run from freshman Emily Lanier (St. Cloud, Fla./Harmony) highlighed a four-run first inning as the FGCU softball team defeated UNF, 5-2, on Tuesday afternoon at the UNF Softball Complex. The Eagles fell 2-0 in the nightcap.
FGCU moves to 29-25 overall record and a 12-6 mark in the A-Sun for third in the conference, while UNF stands at 22-27 and a 6-10 league mark.
After striking out the first batter, UNF starter Cortney Radke gave up a single and a walk to put runners on. Freshman Kirsten Bembnowski (Palm Harbor, Fla./East Lake) then singled up the middle to plate freshman Brittney Garabedian (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) from second. The next batter lined out for the second out, but with two on, Lanier fired her fifth home run of the season to center field for a 4-0 lead. With the bases cleared, the Eagles got two more runners on thanks to a UNF error and another walk, but Radke settled down and notched her second strikeout of the game to end any further threat.
The Eagles tallied another run in the third inning when a hit by pitch and walk put runners on for freshman Regan Knapik’s (Land O’Lakes, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch) single up the middle to score plate a run from second to lead 5-0.
UNF left a runner on third in the first, second and fourth innings thanks to a grounder and two strikeouts from redshirt senior Catherine McDaniel (Melbourne, Fla./Florida Tech) that ended the threat each time. It looked like the same situation in the third inning, but UNF scored two runs on Danica Mandarano’s two-out single for a 5-2 score.
The Ospreys attempted to plate a runner on a single down the left line in the fifth, but senior Courtney Platt (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast) made a great throw from left field to the plate intime to tag out the runner. McDaniel then held UNF hitless over the final two innings to snap a three-game losing streak.
McDaniel (15-10) earned the win, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out six in the complete game. Radke (19-18) also went the distance, fanning 12 batters in the loss, while giving up five runs on eight hits and five walks.
In game two, Caroline Torre blasted a two-run home run in the first inning, which would be all the offense the Ospreys needed as Radke worked a two-hit complete game shutout in the circle. Radke threw her seventh shutout of the season in which fanned nine batters and walked four.
Senior Kelci Breaux (Okeechobee, Fla./Brevard CC) was tagged with loss after working six innings, allowing two runs on five hits while fanning six.
Lanier went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored in the opening game, while freshman Tori Williams (Dunnellon, Fla./Dunnellon) (2-for-4) tallied the Eagles’ only hits in game two.
FGCU closes out its 2011 schedule on Friday against in-state rival Stetson in an A-Sun doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. at the FGCU Softball Complex.
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