KENNESAW, Ga.. – FGCU Softball snaps an eight-skid with a 10-3 win over Kennesaw State Sunday.
With the game three and series finale victory, the Eagles improved to 14-30 overall and 7-14 in the ASUN. Kennesaw State fell to 14-26 overall and 6-12 in league play.
“Plate discipline and quality at-bats paved the way today,” head coach David Deiros said. “Our bats finally came alive just when we needed them to stay alive in the ASUN East Division. Hoping to carry this momentum into next weekend.”
FGCU scored runs in all but two innings Sunday behind a total of 14 hits. Eight Eagles recorded hits on the day as four Eagles produced multiple hits. Riley Oakes, Cana Davis, Emily Estroff and Mad Wicker each recorded at least two hits.
Both Oakes and Davis connected on three hits apiece. Oakes went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored. Davis led the offensive charge in the RBI category, driving in five runs to tie a team-season high.
Davis finished 3-for-5, accompanied by a two-run home run. Sunday’s offensive performance for Davis marked her ninth multi-hit game and eighth multi-RBI game of the season.
FGCU’s bats started hot and stayed hot as Davis’ two-run round tripper fell over the wall in the first inning. The Green and Blue would add a run in the second, two runs in the fourth, four runs in the sixth and one run in the seventh for its double-digit outing.
Ten runs on the day marked the most runs scored by the Eagles in a span of 13 games.
Kennesaw State pushed across a run in the third and a pair in the fourth. Two of the Owls’ three runs Sunday came by the way of solo home runs.
Ally Hulme and Estroff combined in the circle to hold the Owls to just five hits. Hulme was credited with the win, her 10th of the year, in 4.0 innings of work. Estroff’s 3.0 innings of relief earned her the save.
FGCU will be back on the diamond for its final ASUN series of the season at Jacksonville on April 30-April 1.
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The founding father of FGCU softball, David Deiros is in his 20th season as head coach during the 2022 campaign. Hired in 2001 to build the program from the dirt up, Deiros has since guided the Eagles to a 702-392-3 (.640), going 167-104 (.616) in the ASUN, having 15 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.
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