FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Blue Team battled back from a one-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh for the 6-5 win over the Green Team Saturday afternoon at the FGCU Softball Complex.
“I still think that we have some things to do in all three facets but it’s the fall,” said head coach David Deiros. “It’s been a choppy fall just because of the weather delays we’ve had – we really haven’t had a full schedule of practice. The thing that I really appreciated from our players was the competitive spirit. They never gave up with the massive amount of lead changes there were. They kept on competing and fighting until the very end. Proud of the way they played and a great way to end our fall.”
The Green squad posted crooked numbers in the third and in the sixth while tacking on one run in the fourth. Meanwhile, the Blue Team struck first in the bottom of the second with a run before posting three runs in the fourth and two in the bottom of the seventh for the victory.
Down two runs, Kacie Huber (Dade City, Fla./Pasco HS) kick-started the offense for the Blue squad reaching all the way to third after a dropped ball in right-center. Earlier in the game, Huber cleared the bases with a double to center to put her team up, 4-3. Reedy Davenport (St. Johns, Fla./Bartram Trail HS) tied the game with a perfect sac bunt to the left side to bring in Huber. A grounder to second by Alyssa Rano (St. Petersburg, Fla./Admiral Farragut) moved Davenport into scoring position as Farley Callaghan (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Ponte Vedra Beach HS) smacked a ball through the five-hole for the win.
Blue Team Quick Hits
Huber – 2-for-3, one run, three RBI
Davenport – 1-for-3, two runs, one RBI
Emily Estroff (Coconut Creek, Fla./Coral Springs Charter) and Amanda Agemy (Hollywood, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) each with one run scored.
Sarah Lawton (Waterbury, Conn./Holy Cross HS/FSW) – 3 IP, two strikeouts, two earned runs
Estroff – 3 IP, one strikeout, two earned runs
Angelina Bonilla (Coral Gables, Fla./Coral Gables Senior HS) – (W) 1 IP
Green Team Quick Hits
Hannah Shemansky (Lakeland, Fla./Santa Fe Catholic) – 2-for-5, one run, RBI
McKenna Batterton (Norco, Calif./Eleanor Roosevelt HS) – 1-for-2, two walks, one run, RBI
Amaya Gainer (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles HS) – Sac fly RBI
Taylor Bauman (Jacksonville, Fla/Atlantic Coast HS) – 2-for-4, double, two RBI
Arielle Fears (Melbourne Beach, Fla./Melbourne HS) – two runs
Marissa Mesiemore (Bushnell, Fla./South Sumter HS) – 4 IP, six strikeouts, two earned runs, three walks
Bauman (L) – 2.2 IP, two hits, two strikeouts, one earned run.
*Stats are not official*
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The founding father of FGCU softball, David Deiros is in his 19th season as head coach. Hired in 2001 to build the program from the dirt up, Deiros has since guided the Eagles to a 661-345-3 (.657), going 147-90 (.620) in the ASUN, having 14 seasons with a winning record, and nine campaigns with 35 wins. Deiros is a former head coach at the 1998 Florida State Runner-up Lely High School in Naples and is the founding head coach of the 1999 District Champion/2001 Regional Runner-up Gulf Coast High School in Naples.
FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 82 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 13 seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just nine seasons of D-I postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 38 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. Seven FGCU programs have earned a top-25 national ranking in their respective sport – including women’s basketball (No. 24, 2019-20) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Green and Blue posted a department-best sixth-place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 showing nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and state of Florida best seven teams earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their Academic Progress Rate (APR) in their sport and have had the highest percentage of teams so honored from these two groups over each of the past three years. FGCU also collectively earned a record 3.46 GPA in the classroom in the spring 2020 semester and has outperformed the general University undergraduate population for 22 consecutive semesters. The 2019 Fall and 2020 Spring semesters each saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0-or-higher team GPA. The Eagles also served an all-time high 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.