@FGCU_Softball Takes Series Win with 4-0 Shutout at Jacksonville
Sunday, April 13, 2014 | by Jamie Church (@jlchurch)
FGCU (25-21-1, 8-10 A-Sun)
Jacksonville (15-26, 6-14 A-Sun)
4/13/2014 | Jacksonville, Fla. | Attendance: 74
Win: MORGAN (10-5) 7.060012
Loss: ROSSMAN (2-9) 4.173310
BARNES (FGCU) 413201
SIMON (JU) 303000

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Backed again by power hitting at the top of the lineup, the FGCU softball team defeated Jacksonville University 4-0 Sunday afternoon at the JU Softball Complex.  The Eagles move to 25-20-1 on the season and 8-10 in Atlantic Sun Conference action, while also earning a series win over JU with two wins in the three-game series.

The Eagles produced double-figure hits for the third-consecutive game and the seventh time of the season, while holding the Dolphins to six hits and no runs scored. 

“This was a nice series win for our team,” said head coach David Deiros.  “We had Super performances by Shelby [Morgan] and our defense.  She dictated at bats and our defense was able to make big plays when we were pressured.  For the second day in a row we did a nice job at the plate as even our outs were hit hard.”

The Eagles were retired in order to start the game but got their bats going in the second.  The team produced five hits between the second and third innings but was unable to put a run on the board.

In the top of the fifth, Tori Van Camp (Zellwood, Fla./Apopka High School) walked as a pinch hitter to put one run on for Jessica Barnes (Winter Haven, Fla./Haines City High School).  Barnes knocked a long ball over the left-field fence for her eighth homerun of the season, giving FGCU a 2-0 lead.

As the next batter, Makensie McAvoy (Plant City, Fla./Plant City High School) singled up the middle to give the Eagles another base runner.  After a pitching change and one out for the Dolphins, Kelsey Carpenter (Oviedo, Fla./Hagerty High School) hit her eighth homer of the season over the centerfield wall to increase the Eagle lead to 4-0. 

Jacksonville produced four hits in the its final four innings but was unable to match the Eagles’ fifth-inning damage.  The 4-0 lead was enough to seal the win for FGCU.

Shelby Morgan (High Springs, Fla./Sante Fe High School) earned the ‘W’ for FGCU with no runs allowed through seven complete innings.  She gave up six hits with just one walk and two strikeouts. 

Next up

The Eagles will host conference foe North Florida (25-19; 9-12 A-Sun) in a three-game series next weekend at the FGCU Softball Complex.  The Eagles and Ospreys will begin the matchup Friday, April 18, with the first pitch of the series scheduled for 5 p.m.

Tickets for all FGCU softball games are available at a cost of $6 for adults and $3 for children.  Tickets provide entrance to the entire day of the tournament.  For more ticket information and additional deals, visit FGCUathletics.com/tickets, or call or visit the ticket office at 239-590-7145.