@FGCU_Softball Falls 3-0 in Series Finale with USC Upstate
Sunday, March 23, 2014 | by Jamie Church (@jlchurch)
FGCU (19-14-1, 4-5 A-Sun)
USC Upstate (29-4, 10-2 A-Sun)
3/23/2014 | Spartanburg, S.C. | Attendance: 55
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Win: ALEXANDER (7-1) 4.040022
Loss: OWEN (4-2) 3.233361
KNAPIK (FGCU) 302000
JAEGER (UPST) 111010

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The FGCU Softball team dropped the final game of a three-game series to USC Upstate on Sunday afternoon.  With the loss, the Eagles fall to 19-14-1 on the season with a 4-5 record in Atlantic Sun play, while the Spartans move to 29-4 and 10-2 in conference action. 

The Eagles produced six hits on the day, compared to the Spartan’s four, but walked seven Upstate batters to enable the home team to produce three runs.

Junior Kelsey Carpenter (Oviedo, Fla./Hagerty High School) and Regan Knapik (Land O’ Lakes, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch High School) led the Eagles, each with two hits on the day.  Carpenter produced the Eagles’ only extra-base hit with a double in the top of the first.

“We did not play well this weekend,” said head coach David Deiros.  “We have a lot of work to do to prepare for our series at Stetson next weekend.”

After one scoreless inning, the home team scored first in the second inning.  The leadoff batter walked and advanced to third base on a double down the right field line.  After a strikeout, the next Upstate batter walked to load the bases with just one out.  A fielder’s choice kept the bases loaded but stopped a run from scoring before the Spartans put a run on the board with a bases-loaded walk.

The Eagles held the Spartans scoreless in the third but allowed the home team to add two more runs in the bottom of the fourth.  With two outs, Upstate drew another walk before the next batter knocked a homerun to left field to increase the Spartan lead to three runs.

FGCU added singles in the fifth, sixth and seventh with two from Knapik and one by Brittney Garabedian (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) but was unable to advance the runners past first base late in the game.  The Eagles ultimately fell, 3-0, to give the Spartans a sweep.

Jackie Owen (Cape Coral, Fla./North Fort Myers High School) earned the loss for FGCU to fall to 4-2 on the season.  Owen allowed three earned runs on three hits with six walks through 3.2 innings.  Shelby Morgan (High Springs, Fla./Sante Fe High School) pitched 2.1 innings of relief.  She gave up just one hit with one walk and no runs allowed.

The Eagles will break this week before facing in-state rival Stetson University in DeLand this weekend.  The teams will compete in a three-game series on Saturday, Mar. 29 and Sunday, Mar. 30.