3/21/2012 | Fort Myers, Fla. | Attendance: 178
|Loss: Kaitlyn Schmeiser
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Head Coach Dave Deiros earned his 400th win in just his 10th season as the FGCU softball team swept ACC member Maryland, 3-1 and 9-1 in a doubleheader on Wednesday night at the FGCU Softball Complex.
“It was a great feeling to earn No. 400 as we played a really tough team in Maryland,” said Deiros. “I want to give a lot of the credit to our players, defense and our pitching. It was nice to put runs on the board early and take the pressure off of our pitching.”
The Eagles are 19-16 (1-1 A-Sun) on the season, while Maryland falls to 18-11.
In game one, FGCU scored three runs in the first inning and held on for a 3-1 victory against ACC foe Maryland. Freshman pitcher Shelby Morgan (High Springs, Fla./Santa Fe HS) went the distance for her 12th win of the season, allowing seven hits one earned run and a season-best 10 strikeouts.
The Eagles took the lead in the first after sophomore Jessica Barnes (Winter Haven, Fla./Haines City HS) walked to start the inning, followed by an RBI double from junior Mariah Fernandez (Cape Coral, Fla./North Fort Myers HS) to plate Barnes and give Fernandez her 100th career hit. With one out, sophomore Chelsea Zgrabik (Venice, Fla./Venice HS) smashed her third home run of the season to left field to give FGCU a 3-0 lead. Zgrabik finished the game 2-for-2 with a two-run bomb and two RBI.
The Terrapins answered with a run in the top of the second as Sara Acosta walked to start the two-out rally. Shannon Bustillos doubled to left center to score Acosta to cut the Eagles lead to 3-1.
FGCU had an opportunity to score a couple of insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth as sophomore Emily Lanier (St. Cloud, Fla./Harmony HS) and Zgrabik drew back-to-back walks to start the frame. Sophomore Kirsten Bembnowski (Palm Harbor, Fla./East Lake HS) laid down a sacrifice bunt to put runners on second and third with one out but Maryland got out of the inning with a line out and a strikeout to keep the game 3-1.
Maryland would threaten in the top of the sixth as Nikki Maier singled through the left side with one. Acosta reached on an error to put runners on first and second, but Morgan induced a fly out to Bustillos and struck out pinch-hitter Sloane Van Meter swinging.
In the top of the seventh, Maryland’s Vangie Galindo singled to the pitcher with one out. Morgan struck out Bree Hanafin looking for the second out but pinch-hitter Kelly Trimble singled to left field to put runners on first and second. Morgan retired Lexi Carroll on a pop out to finish the game.
In game two, the Green and Blue plated eight runs on five hits and three errors in the first inning to run-rule Maryland, 9-1. Sophomore Amanda Josie (Estero, Fla./Estero HS) earned her second complete game of the season and improved to 5-3. Josie finished five innings, allowing six hits and one earned run with three punch outs.
Barnes finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Carpenter had two RBI for the Eagles.
In the bottom of the first, Barnes lead off the inning with a single and stole second base, followed by an error by the shortstop to advance to third. Fernandez hit a fielder’s choice to first base that allowed Barnes to score from third. Lanier was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with no outs. After a strikeout, Bembnowski reached on a fielding error by the third baseman to score Fernandez. Freshman Kelsey Carpenter (Oviedo, Fla./Hagerty HS) roped a two-run triple to right field to give FGCU a 4-0 lead. Carpenter is fourth in the nation with six triples and leads the Atlantic Sun conference. Junior Kayla Gabel (Lakeland, Fla./State College of Florida) laid down a perfect squeeze bunt for a hit to score Carpenter. Sophomore Brittney Garabedian (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep HS) walked to put runners on first and second with one out. After another fielder’s choice, Barnes singled to the pitcher to score Garabedian. Two more runs came home after a fielding error on Maryland’s Nikki Maier to give the Eagles an early 8-0 lead.
FGCU added another run in the bottom of the second as Garabedian doubled to left center with two outs to start the rally. Sophomore Regan Knapik (Land O’Lakes, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) followed with a double to centerfield that scored Garabedian for the ninth run of the game.
Maryland tried to cut into the lead in the top of the fourth as Bree Hanafin launched her second home run of the season to centerfield to put the Terrapins on the board at 9-1.
Josie would finish off Maryland in the top of the fifth as Carroll and Amanda McCann were retired to start the inning. Kathy McLaughlin and Galindo reached on back-to-back infield singles but Hanafin fouled out to Bembnowski to end the game.
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