FGCU softball splits in first round of the Spring Break Tournament

The Florida Gulf Coast University softball team ran its winning streak 11 straight games with a 4-3 win over CW Post, then saw it snapped with a 6-4 loss to Palm Beach Atlantic in the first day of the 2007 FGCU Spring Break Tournament. FGCU is now 19-3 on the year.

In the first game, FGCU got on the board immediately as Cheyenne Jenks of Naples singled and stole second before Carmen Paez drove in the game’s first run. C.W. Post answered in the top of the second with an unearned run. The Eagles would add two more in the bottom of the second as Jessica Gary of Naples singled to score Desiree Miller. Alisha Boyd of Naples doubled to bring Gary home and give FGCU a 3-0 lead.

C.W. Post had an answer again in the top of the fourth, this time with a home run from Jill Fisher. In the fifth, Megan Correia drilled a homer over the left field fence to knot the score again. FGCU took the lead for good in the sixth. With two outs, Roz Tyre singled and advanced on a wild pitch before Rachel Homan doubled home the winning run.

Rachael Edinger picked up her ninth straight win to start the season despite allowing a season-high three runs, two of which were earned. Edinger fanned six batters while allowing five hits. Jenks went 2-for-4 while Paez was 2-for-3 for the Eagles.

In the second game, the Sailfish scored the first run in the third inning. Chelsea Gravini led off the inning with a double and scored with a single by Nikki Staten. PBA added a second run in the top of the fourth before exploding for four in the fifth. Three of PBA’s runs in the fifth were unearned as FGCU committed a pair of errors in the inning. FGCU would not get on the board until the seventh when it attempted a comeback.

Homan led off the inning with a solo homer. Jenks drew a walk as did Jessica Rouse. Jessica Carter singled to bring home Jenks and Rouse to cut the lead to 6-3. After a PBA error extended the inning, Carter later scored on a passed ball to cut the lead to 6-4. However, PBA was able to get out of the inning with no more damage and snap FGCU’s 11-game winning streak.

Gravini was 3-for-4 for PBA with a pair of RBI while Casey Gibson was also 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

Homan went 2-for-4 for FGCU as did Miller. Carter was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and a run scored.

The Eagles will be back in action again Saturday morning when they host No. 8 LeMoyne to begin the second day of the 2007 FGCU Spring Break Tournament.

Saturday's schedule

9 a.m. : LeMoyne vs. FGCU; 11 a.m.: Palm Beach Atlantic vs. Saginaw Valley State; 1 p.m. : LeMoyne College vs. Saginaw Valley State; 3 p.m. : Mercyhurst vs. FGCU; 5 p.m. : Palm Beach Atlantic vs. CW Post; 7 p.m. : Mercyhurst vs. CW Post

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