Softball Primed for ASUN Series Finale At Jacksonville

FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU softball heads north to Jacksonville this weekend for its final ASUN series of the 2022 campaign.

The Green and Blue will battle the Dolphins in a doubleheader matchup on Saturday beginning at 1 pm Game three of the series is set for 1 pm Sunday.

FGCU enters the weekend 14-30 overall and 7-14 in the ASUN after dropping a series at Kennesaw State the last time out. At 7-14 in league play, the Eagles sit at the No. 6 position in the East Division.

Jacksonville is 14-26 overall and 8-10 in the ASUN, fourth in the East. The Dolphins were swept by Liberty last weekend. The full ASUN standings can be viewed HERE.

FGCU eyes to keep the offensive momentum rolling after recording a 14-hit outing in a game-three win over Kennesaw State. Eight Eagles recorded hits as four Eagles produced multiple hits.

Riley Oakes, Cana Davis, Emily Estroff and Mad Wicker each recorded at least two hits apiece.

Two Eagles are hitting .300 and above this season, Oakes and Davis. Davis ‘team-leading .374 batting average ranks fifth in the ASUN, and her .713 slugging percentage this season currently ranks eighth in the all-time single season records for highest slugging percentage.

Reedy Davenport’s 33 career doubles now place her fifth in the all-time most doubles hit by any FGCU player.

in the circle, Ally Hulme has posted 10 wins in 22 starts, possessing an ERA of 3.78. Hulme has tallied 131.0 innings, pitched four complete games, been credited with two saves and is four strikeouts shy of the 100 strikeout mark for the season.

Oakes (2), Estroff (2) and Angelina Bonilla (1) have also been credited with a win. Hulme, Estroff and Oakes each have two saves to their name this season, tying for second in the ASUN.

SCOUTING JACKSONVILLE

FGCU holds a 31-8 all-time record over Jacksonville, winning the last seven out of ten contests.

Nine of the Dolphins’ 14 wins in 2022 have come at home. This season, FGCU is just 2-10 on the road.

Jacksonville ranks third in the ASUN in the least amount of strikeouts while up at the plate. As a team, the Dolphins are averaging .250 up at the dish this season.

Two Dolphins are batting .300 or better, Allison Bratek (.331) and Karl Holzrichter (.301). Bratek leads the squad in total hits with 39. Holzrichter is tied for the team lead in RBIs along with Bratek at 20.

On the bases, Madison Reynolds has stolen 10 bases on 11 attempts this season.

In the circle, Dolphins ace Skylar Whitty has posted 10 wins on the year in 20 total starts. She holds a 6.27 ERA in 139.1 innings pitched, striking out 77. Shelby Harpe has added three wins in the circle for Jacksonville in 74.2 innings of work.

FOLLOW ALONG
For up-to-the-minute information on the FGCU softball program, follow on Twitter @FGCU_Softball and Instagram at fgcusoftball and stay tuned at FGCUAthletics.com.

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 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.

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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