FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU softball team (6-8) will head to Leesburg, Florida, this weekend to play five matches in three days in its final tournament tune-up before the start of ASUN action.
Green and Blue
The Eagles are coming from a 2-3 outing at the Florida State Unconquered Invitational last weekend. Despite falling to the Seminoles ranked 15th twice and SE Louisiana, FGCU beat FAMU in two games, highlighted by Marissa Mesiemore (Bushnell, Fla./South Sumter HS) throws without a hitter – the fifth in program history.
On the plate, Johneisha Rowe (Avon Park, Fla./Sebring HS) leads the Eagles offensive with .297 BA to go along with the seven stolen bases (7-for-7). In the RBI column, Taylor Bauman (Jacksonville, Fla./Atlantic Coast HS) boast eight of the best RBI teams and slugging on the .447 clip (team leader). In the circle the senior holds two wins and a 2.45 ERA with four complete games. He holds the opponent’s batter to 0.226 BA.
This will be Coyote’s second weekend fixture as their match last weekend at Furman was canceled. So far the squad is 1-5, led by Makayla Tsagalis at the plate hitting .417 with two doubles and three RBIs. Three pitchers have been thrown into rotation as Sara Lisko holds the only win with a pair of complete games.
This will be the first meeting between the two programs.
No stranger to Leesburg, the Blue Raiders will be at the Sleepy Hollow Complex for the second time this season. They are currently 2-6 with two of those losses coming to No. 20 Missouri. Amaya Harris (.333) and Kelci Hill are the team’s .300-plus hitters. Lexi Cushing and Nahri Tath-Slezak each lead the team at the RBI (four).
Six pitchers have been used to Blue Raiders, combined to send 3.99 ERA. Amber Baldwin has seen the most rounds of work (25.2) and holds an ERA of 2.73 with one win.
FGCU was included in the only meeting between programs in 2016, 4-2.
New Mexico State
The Aggies have been in Florida since the start of their season on February 12. Currently, they are in 3-9 with Hailey Tanori leading them at the top with a record 0.361 BA with five doubles and three RBIs. Ramsay Lopez led the squad on home runs, scoring three and in the RBI (seven).
In the circle, Matalasi Faapito has racked up two wins, three complete games in his 30 innings.
FGCU was included in the only meeting between the two programs in 2010, 7-5.
The NDU entered the weekend with a 3-4 record, winning two in a row – the last time out was February 19. Cassie Castaneda hit 0.273 in four starts, pairing him with 0.728 on-base plus slugging percentage. Five pitchers have seen action in the loop, such as Jannay Jones 1-0 with an ERA of 1.56.
All-time series, 1-1. FGCU took the last contest in 2014, 13-0.
The Rockets kicked off their season last weekend at the Mercer’s Black and Orange Challenge with a score of 3-2. Over the span of three days, Raelyn Nyren and Dayna Denner each counted three RBIs with Dayner making two home runs. He is currently hitting .353 behind team leader Arika Reed (.500) – a minimum of five games played.
In the circle, Erin Hunt has two of three wins with 1.59 ERA in 22 innings.
This will be the first meeting between FGCU and Toledo.
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Founding father of FGCU softball, David Deiros is in his 19th season as head coach. Hired in 2001 to build the program from scratch, Deiros has since guided the Eagles to 667-353-3 (0.652), gone 147-90 (0.620) at ASUN, has 14 seasons with a winning record, and nine campaigns with 35 wins. Deiros is a former head coach at the 1998 Florida State Lely Runner-up High School in Naples and is the founding head coach of the 1999 District Champion / 2001 Gulf Coast High School Middle School in Naples.
The FGCU team has combined to win 84 regular season conferences and an incredible tournament title in just 13 seasons at Division I level. Additionally, in just nine DI’s post-season eligibility seasons, the Eagles have 38 teams or individuals competing in the NCAA championship. Seven FGCU programs have ranked in the top 25 nationwide in their respective sports – including women’s basketball (No. 24, 2019-20) and men’s football (2018, 2019) and women’s football (2018) as three of the newest. In 2016-17, Green and Blue posted a department-top sixth finish in the Learfield DI-AAA Directors Cup and top 100 featured nationally, ahead of multiple Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had the top seven ASUN and Florida state teams awarded their NCAA Public Recognition Award for Academic Progress Rate (APR) in their sport and had the highest percentage of teams awarded from these two groups to their respective. in the last three years. FGCU also collectively earned a record GPA of 3.46 in class in the spring semester 2020 and has outperformed the general University undergraduate population for 22 consecutive semesters. The Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters each see another milestone as all 15 courses achieve a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also served the highest 7,200 volunteer hours of all time in 2017 – recognized as one of the two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.
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