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Softball Drops Two Tough Games on Day Two at UCF Invitational
|Win: TULL (1-0)||7.0||6||2||2||3||5|
|Loss: CAMPEN (1-2)||1.0||2||2||1||0||0|
|Win: AUDAS (3-4)||7.0||1||1||1||3||8|
|Loss: MORGAN (3-2)||6.0||4||2||2||3||4|
ORLANDO, Fla. – The FGCU softball team dropped a pair of games against Seton Hall, 6-2, and tournament host UCF, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at the UCF Courtyard by Marriott Invitational at the UCF Softball Complex.
The Eagles fall to 5-8 on the season, while Seton Hall improves to 2-4 and UCF improves to 6-7.
FGCU will play two rematches tomorrow morning starting at 9 a.m. against Seton Hall and will finish the tournament against Eastern Michigan at 11:00 a.m.
In game one, FGCU had a 2-1 lead before Seton Hall rallied to score five runs in the bottom of the sixth to earn the comeback victory, 6-2. The Eagles finished with six hits, including a 2-for-4 effort from sophomore designated player Emily Lanier (St. Cloud, Fla./Harmony HS).
Sophomore Amanda Josie (Estero, Fla./Estero HS) started her second game of the season and finished 4.1 innings, allowing three hits on one earned run with two strikeouts. Redshirt senior Morgan Campen (Rougemont, N.C./ Northern HS) took the loss in relief to fall to 1-2 on the season after allowing two hits on one earned run.
The Eagles took the lead in the top of the first with a two-out RBI single Lanier after classmate Tori Williams (Dunnellon, Fla./Dunnellon HS) reached on a walk to start the inning. Williams stole her sixth base of the season to give the Eagles a runner in scoring position. Sophomore Jessica Barnes (Winter Haven, Fla./Haines City HS) lined out and freshman Kelsey Carpenter (Oviedo, Fla./Hagerty HS) struck out swinging to bring up Lanier, who lifted a single to right field to score Williams.
The Pirates (2-4) tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third on a two-out RBI single to left center by Brittany Hammer. Laura Canulli worked a leadoff walk and advanced to third after a sacrifice bunt, followed by a groundout.
Seton Hall had an opportunity to break the tie in the bottom of the fifth when the Pirates had the bases loaded with one out. Campen relieved Josie in the circle and induced a 4-2 force play at home, followed by a pop out to end the inning.
The Green and Blue regained the lead in the top of the sixth as Lanier lined a one-out double down the left field line. Junior Mariah Fernandez (Cape Coral, Fla./North Fort Myers) reached on an error by the first basemen as sophomore pinch-runner Brittney Garabedian (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep HS) advanced to third on the play, followed by Kirsten Bembnowski’s (Palm Harbor, Fla./East Lake HS) singled over the head of the third basemen to score Garabedian to give the Eagles a 2-1 advantage.
The Pirates rallied in the bottom of the sixth to score five runs on four hits sending nine batters to the plate. Seton Hall tied the game at 2-2 after a single to centerfield and a two-base error from Barnes, allowing the runner to score from first. Junior Britney Pugh (Pembroke Pines, Fla./St. Petersburg College) relieved Campen as Seton Hall took the lead on the next play as Cashel Gaffey placed a squeeze bunt scoring the runner from third. The big blow in the inning came when Brittany Hammer smoked a three-run triple to clear the bases with two outs.
In game two, the Eagles scored again in the first inning with a one-out solo home run from Barnes down the left field line for her second of the season.
UCF took the lead in the bottom of the fourth with two runs on two hits with one error. Farrah Sullivan led off the inning with a walk, followed by a single up the middle by Vanessa Perez to put runners on first and second with no outs. Morgan walked the next hitter to load the bases as Tawny Swan hit a chopper to second base but Garabedian couldn’t field it cleanly allowing two runs to score on the play. Morgan got out of the jam by striking out Kahley Novak and a fly out to left field by Danielle Brewer.
The Eagles had an opportunity to tie the game in the top of the fifth when Fernandez walked to start the inning, followed by a sacrifice bunt from Garabedian to move her into scoring position with one out. The Knights ended the inning with a fly out and a pop out to end the threat.
Freshman starting pitcher Shelby Morgan (High Springs, Fla./Santa Fe HS) was the tough luck loser throwing another complete game, allowing just four hits on two earned runs with four strikeouts. Morgan falls to 3-2 on the season.
Live stats, in-game Twitter updates (@FGCUEagles), results and recaps will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com.
UCF-Courtyard by Marriott Invitational Games
Friday, February 24
FGCU 5, Eastern Michigan 1
Saturday February 25
Seton Hall 6, FGCU 2
UCF 2, FGCU 1
Sunday February 26
FGCU vs. Seton Hall, 9:00 a.m.
FGCU vs. Eastern Michigan, 11:00 a.m.