2/15/2014 | Miami, Fla. | Attendance: 0
MIAMI, Fla. – The FGCU softball team dropped a pair of games to Georgia Southern during the second day of competition at the FIU Classic Saturday afternoon. With the losses, the Eagles drop to 6-3-1 on the season and sit at 1-3 on the weekend.
The Eagles fell to Georgia Southern 6-2 in Saturday’s morning game and were pitted against the GSU Eagles again in the afternoon playoff round. The Green and Blue lost a 9-1 battle in the second game.
“Today did not go well,” said head coach David Deiros. “Georgia Southern played very well and we did not coach, hit, pitch or defend well enough to win. Our collective team will compete better tomorrow.”
Offensively, junior Kelsey Carpenter (Oviedo, Fla./Hagerty High School) added another homerun on the season and produced FGCU’s only two runs batted in of the day, while Mackenzie McAvoy (Plant City, Fla./Plant City High School) paced the team with a team-high two hits in five at bats.
While the FGCU and Georgia Southern teams battled defensively, the game was scoreless through three innings. In the top of the fourth, GSU drew a one-out walk to put a runner on base. Georgia Southern broke the scoring silence with a single to left field to score the base runner to put the Eagles up 1-0 at the end of the inning.
FGCU responded quickly with a single from McAvoy. Next in the order was Carpenter, who belted her third homerun of the season to put two on the board for the Eagles. FGCU led GSU 2-1 after four complete innings.
In the beginning of the fifth inning, Taylor Wade (Pace, Fla. /Pace High School) entered the circle as relief for Jackie Owen (Cape Coral, Fla. /North Fort Myers High School). Prior to leaving the game, Owen threw four complete innings, faced 16 batters, allowed three hits and struck out two.
Georgia Southern grounded out to short stop to give the Eagles one quick out. While the next batter singled to short, the third batter followed with a triple to right field to tack on another run for GSU. Georgia Southern drove in another run off a single to left field and took a 3-2 lead at the end of the inning.
The Eagles were unable to respond in the fifth and sixth inning put the bats back into GSU’s hands in the seventh. Georgia Southern hit back-to-back home runs to put two quick runs on the board with no outs. The next two batters were walked, allowing two more base runners. The final run crossed the plate on a single to third putting Georgia Southern’s lead at 6-2.
In the bottom on the seventh, FGCU could not match Georgia Southern’s insurance runs and fell to a 1-2 record for the tournament.
Wade earned the loss in the game as she allowed seven hits and five earned runs in three innings of work. Wade falls to 2-1 in her rookie campaign.
After a break, the Eagles again challenged Georgia Southern in the first bracket round play of the tournament.
Georgia Southern took the lead in the bottom of the first courtesy of a single to short, followed with a pair of homeruns to put GSU ahead early in the game. Georgia Southern led 3-0 after just one inning.
FGCU was unable to respond in the top of the second and GSU returned to the plate for the second inning. The Eagles produced two quick outs with a pop up and grounder to short but GSU rallied with three-consecutive singles by the next three batters. One run crossed the plate before GSU hit a three-run homer to add four additional runs to end the inning. After two innings, GSU led FGCU 7-0.
In the top of the third, the Eagles got the bats going with a singles from Kirsten Bembnowski (Palm Harbor, Fla./East Lake High School) and Jeanie Verderese (Jacksonville, Fla./Creekside High School). McAvoy hit a single and advanced to second on an infield error. The hit allowed Bembnowski to score from third to put FGCU’s first run on the board. The Eagles ended the inning trailing GSU 7-1.
Both teams were held scoreless through the fourth but Georgia Southern continued its scoring ways in the bottom of the fifth inning. The first three batters for GSU singled and the fourth was walked allowing one run to cross the plate. The Eagles defense was unable to stop GSU’s offensive production and allowed GSU to score another run on an infield error to give them a 9-1 win in five innings.
Amanda Josie (Estero, Fla./Estero High School) was credited with the loss in game two. Josie pitched 4.1 innings and allowed eight earned runs on nine hits. The senior struck out two and walked one.
The Eagles will conclude the FIU Classic on Sunday with a 10 a.m. game against Wisconsin. The Eagles defeated Wisconsin 8-0 to open the tournament. Following the weekend, the Eagles will return home to host the FGCU/Four Points by Sheraton Round Robin. The tournament will feature North Dakota, Villanova, Arkansas, Harvard and Eastern Michigan.