Softball Heads to USF Under Armour Invitational in Clearwater
Thursday, March 01, 2012 | by Justin Glover
FGCU (6-10)
Quinnipiac (5-0)
3/2/2012 | Clearwater, Fla. | Attendance: 65
Win: SCHWARTZBURG (3-0) 7.010017
Loss: JOSIE (0-1) 3.041101
ALBA (QU) 302000

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Coming off a pair of wins at the UCF Invitational last weekend, the FGCU softball team travels to Clearwater, Fla. for the USF Under Armour Invitational on Mar. 2-4 at the Eddie C. Moore Complex.

The Eagles (6-9) begin the USF Tournament with a pair of games against Quinnipiac and Western Michigan at 4 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., respectively, on Friday. The Green and Blue follow with contests against South Dakota State (11:30 a.m.) and Bowling Green (4:15 p.m.) on Saturday. FGCU closes the five-game tournament with a contest against BIG EAST foe Villanova at 12 p.m.

The Green and Blue picked up victories at the UCF Invitational last weekend against Eastern Michigan twice (W, 6-1, W, 1-0) but fell to Seton Hall twice (L, 6-3, L, 4-3) and tournament host UCF (L, 2-1).

FGCU has played 15 games on the season and has four batters hitting over .290, with sophomore Emily Lanier (St. Cloud, Fla./Harmony HS) leading the way with a .364 batting average and freshman Kelsey Carpenter (Oviedo, Fla./ Hagerty HS) sitting second at .317. Carpenter is tied for the team lead in homers (2) and RBI (8), while sophomore Jessica Barnes (Winter Haven, Fla./Haines City HS) has two home runs, six RBI and is fourth with a .293 batting average. Sophomore Tori Williams (Dunnellon, Fla./Dunnellon HS) is a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen bases, while hitting .281 on the season.

Leading the team with a 4-2 mark in the circle, freshman Shelby Morgan (High Springs, Fla./Sante Fe HS) owns a 1.77 ERA after throwing 35.2 innings and allowing just nine earned runs with 32 strikeouts. Sophomore Amanda Josie (Estero, Fla./Estero HS) has been effective with a 1.70 ERA in eight appearances, including two starts, with one save and 15 punch outs.

Quinnipiac has opened the 2012 season with four-straight wins, earning a pair of victories over St. Peter’s (W, 14-1, W, 11-3) and Iona (W, 4-3, W, 2-0). The Bobcats are led by senior Mina Duffy, who has three home runs and 10 RBI with a .545 batting average.

With a 1-5 record, Western Michigan is coming off its first tournament of the season at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The Broncos lost to then-No. 1 Arizona State (L, 10-0) and then-No. 9 Tennessee (L, 9-6), before defeating Cal State Northridge, 9-0, in five innings. Western Michigan is led by Diana Patterson, who has two home runs and four RBI.

South Dakota State (0-3) lost three-straight against Creighton (L, 8-1), Wichita State (L, 4-1) and Missouri State (L, 7-2). Alex Landon leads the Jack Rabbits with a .375 batting average and a homer in three games.

Bowling Green is 4-3 after going 2-2 at the Hilltopper Spring Classic last weekend, picking up wins over Morehead State (W, 6-3) and Murray State (W, 6-4). The Falcons have two batters with three home runs in Paige Berger and Katie Yoho.

Villanova went 2-3 on Feb.17-19 at the FIU Blue and Gold Feisberg Memorial tournament with victories against Jacksonville (W, 3-1) and Providence (W, 7-5). The Wildcats are led by Jamie O’Hara’s .471 batting average and four RBI.

Live stats, in-game Twitter updates (@FGCUEagles), results and recaps will be available at

USF-Under Armour Invitational
 *Games played at the Eddie C. Moore Complex: Clearwater, Fla.*

Friday, March 2
FGCU vs. Quinnipiac, 4 p.m.
FGCU vs. Western Michigan, 6:15 p.m.

Saturday March 3
FGCU vs. South Dakota State, 11:30 a.m.
FGCU vs. Bowling Green, 4:15 p.m.

Sunday March 4
FGCU vs. Villanova, 12:00 p.m.