Softball scares No. 8 Texas before falling to Longhorns
FORT MYERS, Florida. – After beating #8/#10 Texas on Friday, the FGCU softball team tried to pull off an impressive sweep of the Longhorns on Saturday. The Eagles went ahead early but couldn’t complete the feat, falling to the Longhorns, 10-2, in six innings.
The Eagles fall to 2-2 this season while Texas goes to 3-1.
“It’s really difficult to beat a quality opponent consecutively,” said the head coach David Deiros. “It was a tight game at the start, we took the lead and then they picked up the momentum and never let it go. There are a lot of lessons to be learned by our coaching staff and our players and us We will continue to strive to be able to compete at this level because that is where we want to be.
Senior Emilie Estroff (Cocounut Creek, Fla./Coral Springs Charter HS/Villanova) and Junior Riley Oakes (Oviedo, Fla./Bishop Moore Catholic HS/Radford) had the lone hits for the Eagles on the night as All-American Longhorn pitcher Hailey Docini struck out 12 in six innings pitched.
Junior Ally Hulme (Safety Harbor, Fla./Sickles HS/State College of Florida) kept the Longhorns off the board in the first three innings thanks to stellar Eagles defense. Estroff off made two diving plays, one on either side of her, in the second set when he was a junior Jordyn Gendron (Tampa, Fla./Wharton HS) dunked in the third inning, starting from third base on a short pop-up. The three plays were part of a streak for Hulme in which she struck out seven straight Texan batters.
Late in the third, the Eagles took advantage of poor Longhorn defense to take the lead. With graduate student Hope Hernandez (Tampa, Fla./Chamberlain HS/Troy) First after a walk, Oakes slapped a single to third base, but when the Texas defenseman tried to throw Hernandez to second, the ball sailed into the outfield and up on the wall. , allowing Hernandez to score.
Estroff followed by driving a deep double to center field to extend Eagle’s lead to 2-0. Estroff now has four RBIs this season, tied for the team lead, in addition to her in-the-circle win against Texas on Friday.
The lead was short-lived, however, as the Longhorns scored four runs in the fourth to take the lead before adding three more in the fifth and sixth to pull away from the Eagles. After their third two-run inning, the Eagles mustered just one more baserunner the rest of the game as Dolcini picked up a rhythm in the circle.
The Eagles will be back in action tomorrow afternoon for the final day of the FGCU Kickoff Classic. It will be a battle between Eagles as the Greens and Blues take on Boston College at 2 p.m.
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The founding father of FGCU softball, David Deiros is in his 20th season as head coach in the 2022 campaign. Hired in 2001 to build the program from the ground up, Deiros has since guided the Eagles to a 690-366-3 (.654), going 162-93 (.632) in ASUN, having 15 seasons with a winning record, and nine campaigns with 35 wins. Deiros is a former head coach at Lely High School in Naples, a 1998 Florida State finalist, and the founding head coach of the 1999 District Champion/2001 Gulf Coast Regional Finalist in Naples.
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