Softball Bested By Kennesaw State Saturday, 3-1 and 4-2

KENNESAW, Ga.. – Softball a doubleheader defeat at Kennesaw State on Saturday. The Owls bested the Eagles 3-1 in game one and 4-2 in game two.

Game three of the weekend slate at Kennesaw State is scheduled for noon on Sunday.

FGCU dropped to 13-30 overall and 6-14 in the ASUN, losing its eighth straight contest. In the doubleheader sweep, Kennesaw State improved to 14-25 and 6-11 in league play.

“We were one inning shy in both games today,” head coach David Deiros said. “Credit to Kennesaw State for being able to answer our runs each step of the way. Proud of the girls continuing to battle to the end. Looking to put some hits together tomorrow and come out on top.”

The Green and Blue struck first in both games Saturday. Tayli Filla connected on a solo homer in the top of the fifth to give the Eagles an 1-0 edge amidst a pitching duel. FGCU’s lead would be short lived as Kennesaw State answered with a three-spot in the bottom half of the inning to lead and hold on to win 3-1.

Game one witnessed eight combined hits between two squads with Owls leading 5-3 in the category. Riley Oaks and Neely Peterson produced the two other game-one hits for FGCU.

Ally Hulme (9-13) was credited with the game one loss. Hulme is now five strikeouts shy of reaching the 100 strikeout milestone for the season. For the Owls, Melanie Bennet went the distance in game, allowing one run on just three hits and striking out 10. Bennet is third in the ASUN in strikeouts this season with 130.

The Eagles pushed across a pair of runs to begin the second game of the day, courtesy of a two-run, RBI single by Cana Davis. Davis’ pair of RBIs gives her a team-leading 28 on the season.

Yet again, the Owls answered FGCU’s hot start. Kennesaw State connected on a three-run shot by Taylor Cates in the bottom of the first to take a 3-2 lead. Cates is now tied for the league-league in home runs this season with 13.

The Owls added a run in the fifth en route to a 4-2, game-two victory. The Green and Blue would bring the tying run up to the plate in the seventh with a leadoff single by Riley Oakes.

Both Oakes and Filla had two hits in game two. For the day, Oakes went 3-for-6 up at the dish and a run scored. Filla finished the day 3-for-5, also scoring a run.

Kennesaw State outhit FGCU 10-6 in game two. Five different Owls recorded a game-two hit.

Oakes (2-9) was credited with the game-two loss in the circle for the Eagles.

FOLLOW ALONG
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COACH DEIROS
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 701-394-3 (.638), going 166-106 (.610) 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.

EAGLE CAMPAIGN
IT TAKES A TEAM to achieve our newest goal – a $10 million campaign to address student-athlete needs in continued academic success, life skills, mental health, nutrition, and strength and conditioning as well as departmental needs in facility expansion and improvement as well as mentoring and leadership training for coaches and staff. The name embodies our mission and the purpose of the EAGLE Campaign – Eagle Athletics Generating Lifetime Excellence. Join Our Team and pledge your gift today to help the Eagles of tomorrow!

#FEEDFGCU
FGCU Athletics sponsors events in November and April to benefit the FGCU Campus Food Pantry (www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry) and the Harry Chapin Food Bank (www.harrychapinfoodbank.org), FGCU Athletics’ charities of choice. For more information, including how to make a contribution, please visit www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry and utilize the hashtag #FeedFGCU to help raise awareness.

ABOUT FGCU
FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 92 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 10 seasons of DI postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 44 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have earned a top-25 national ranking in their respective sport – including women’s basketball (No. 20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2022) 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 in their sport. FGCU also collectively earned a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall 2020 semester and has outperformed the general University undergraduate population for 25 consecutive semesters. The past five semesters (Fall 2019 – Fall 2021) each saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0-or-higher team GPA in each. 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.

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