2/19/2012 | Fort Myers, Fla. | Attendance: 124
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU softball team pounded out 13 hits and scored 10 runs to defeat Binghamton, 10-2, on the final day of the LaQuinta Inn & Suites FGCU Tournament on Sunday afternoon.
The Eagles’ record improves to 4-6 on the season after finishing their home tournament 2-3 with victories over Tennesse-Martin and Binghamton. The top four spots in the lineup finished 7-for-14 with five runs and five RBI.
“We started the tournament by playing a complete game by hitting, pitching and playing defense,” said head coach David Deiros. “It was nice to finish with another complete victory, but we need to work on those middle games thoughout the season.”
Freshman Kelsey Carpenter (Oviedo, Fla./Hagerty HS) finished the game 3-for-4 with a double, two runs score and two RBI. Carpenter is batting .400 on the season with a team-leading two home runs, two triples, seven RBI and slugging .767. Sophomore Kirsten Bembnowski (Palm Harbor, Fla./East Lake) went 3-for-3 with a run scored and one RBI to boost her average to .385 on the year.
Freshman starting pitcher Shelby Morgan (High Springs, Fla./Sante Fe HS) earned the win (3-1) after finishing five innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out seven.
FGCU came out swinging in the bottom of the first as sophomore Jessica Barnes (Winter Haven, Fla./Haines City HS) singled thought the left side, followed by a double to right center from Carpenter to put runners on second and third with one out. Sophomore Emily Lanier (St. Cloud, Fla./Harmony HS) singled to centerfield scoring Barnes and Carpenter to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead. After a strikeout, sophomore Chelsea Zgrabik (Venice, Fla./Venice HS) laced a single to center, followed by a RBI single from classmate Bembnowski scoring Lanier from second. The Eagles ended the first with three runs on five hits.
The Bearcats came back in the top of the fifth with two runs on two hits to cut the Eagles lead to 3-2. Caitlyn Friis doubled down the line to open the frame. Jessica Phillips was hit by a pitch to setup runners on first and second. Morgan made a nice defensive play on a bunt to record the first out off the bat of Briana Andrews. After a ground out, Chelsey Locatell smoked a two out two-run single to right field but Morgan induced a ground out by Demi Laney to end the inning.
In the bottom half of the frame, the Green and Blue scored seven runs on a wild inning that saw the Eagles bat around with five hits, three errors from Binghamton to end the game. Carpenter led off the inning by reaching base off an error by the first basemen. Lanier singled to put runners on first and second with no outs. After back-to-back errors from the Bearcats, the Eagles would provide the big blow in the inning as sophomore Kayla Gabel (Lakeland, Fla./State College of Florida) roped a two-run double to right center with no outs in the inning. After a strikeout, Tori Williams (Dunnellon, Fla./Dunnellon HS) added an RBI single for the fifth run. Two batters later, Carpenter lined a RBI single to plate Williams to end the game.
FGCU returns to the diamond next weekend as they travel to Orlando to take part in the UCF Tournament on Feb. 24-26.
FGCU- LaQuinta Inn & Suites Tournament Games
Records: BC (4-1)*, Saint Louis (3-2), UTM (3-2), FGCU (2-3), Delaware (1-4)
*Games played at the FGCU Softball Complex/ Boston College Tournament Champs
Friday, February 17
Boston College 3, Delaware 2
Binghamton 2, Boston College 0
Binghamton 8, Delaware 0
UT-Martin 3, Saint Louis 0
FGCU 6, UT-Martin 0
St. Louis 5, FGCU 3
Saturday February 18
UT-Martin 7, Binghamton 4
St. Louis 4, Binghamton 3
UT-Martin 9, Delaware 1
Boston College 5, St. Louis 4
Delaware 6, FGCU 4
Boston College 6, FGCU 3
Sunday February 19
St. Louis 4, Delaware 3
Boston College 7, UT-Martin 1,
FGCU 10, Binghamton 2 (5 inn.)