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Eagles come up short in ASUN Softball Championship

USC Upstate ends FGCU's season in tournament finale

May 17, 2017
Staff and wire reports ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Florida Gulf Coast University softball team came up short in its bid win the ASUN Championship by storming back from a second round loss. The Eagles clawed their way back to the championship game, falling 8-0 to the top-seeded USC Upstate Spartans Saturday.

To claim the title, the Eagles, who finish the year at 30-30, wound have had to complete an ASUN Championship first -- wining six games in four days.

"It was a great effort all weekend long," said Eagles' head coach David Deiros. "We knocked out three teams from the tournament, we just ran into a buzzsaw and in some cases, we couldn't get out of our way. They put a lot of pressure on us and we didn't do the things we wanted to do at that time. Congratulations to Upstate on a well-played tournament and congratulations to our kids for executing what we wanted to this week. We'll be back around next year."

Taking an early 2-0 lead, the Spartans secured the win with a six-run fifth inning to claim the title.

Riley Randolph suffered the loss in the championship tilt, tossing four innings while allowing no earned runs on two hits. Taylor Wade pitched the decisive fifth, allowing six runs.

It was the Spartans who sent the Eagles to the losers bracket earlier in the tourney, earning a 3-0 victory.

To reach the finals, the Eagles, the tournament's fourth seed, defeated No. 5 Lipscomb 3-1 to begin the day before ending the day with a 1-0 victory over No. 2 Kennesaw State. The Eagles had opened the tournament with a 4-0 win over Lipscomb.



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