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Softball Falls at #24 Central Florida

ORLANDO, Florida. –Faced with its sixth-ranked team of the season already, the FGCU softball team failed to upset #24 Central Florida on Friday night, falling to the Knights, 9-2. The Eagles drop to 7-12 this season while UCF improves to 12-7.

“UCF are a very good team and we let them take the lead early on,” the head coach said. David Deiros. “It makes it difficult when you’re behind several runs after a set, so we need to get better starts which will ultimately help us win games. We’ll have two more opportunities tomorrow to try and get back into the win column. “

Five different players had a hit for the Eagles, with the highlight of the night being a home run by redshirt-senior Cana Davis (Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby HS/Virginia Tech), his first dinger as an Eagle. Graduate student Hope Hernandez (Tampa, Fla./Chamberlain HS/Troy) also had his sixth RBI of the season.
UCF took an early lead scoring four runs in the first and two more in the second.

The Eagles climbed the board in third as a rookie Madi Osier (Minneola, Fla./East Ridge HS) started the inning with his first career hit before scoring on a Hernandez single.

The Knights recovered the run late in the inning, but in the top of the fourth, Davis hit a home run to the center in an attempt to revive an Eagles comeback. Unfortunately, that was as close as FGCU would get as UCF added two more runs in the fifth to produce the final score.

Gianna Mancha picked up the win for the Knights by pitching a full game with 10 strikeouts. Maddie Bejarano and Jada Cody each had two RBIs for UCF.

The Eagles will be back tomorrow for two more games in Orlando. They will face South Carolina at 12 p.m. before facing UCF again at 5 p.m.

TO FOLLOW
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DEIROS COACH
FGCU softball founding father 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 695- 375-3 (.653), 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.

EAGLE CAMPAIGN
IT TAKES A TEAM to achieve our new goal – a $10 million campaign to address the needs of student-athletes for continued academic success, life skills, mental health, nutrition, strength and conditioning, as well as the department’s needs for facility expansion and improvements as well as mentorship and leadership training for coaches and staff. The name embodies our mission and the goal of the EAGLE – Eagle Athletics Generating Lifetime Excellence campaign. Join our team and pledge your donation today to help the Eagles of tomorrow!

#FEEDFGCU
FGCU Athletics sponsors events in November and April to benefit the FGCU Campus Food Pantry (www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry) and the Harry Chapin Food Bank (www.harrychapinfoodbank.org), FGCU Athletics’ charities of choice. For more information, including how to contribute, please visit www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry and use the hashtag #FeedFGCU to help raise awareness.

ABOUT THE FGCU
FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 89 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 10 seasons of DI playoff eligibility, the Eagles have brought together 43 teams or individuals competing in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have placed in the top 25 nationally in their respective sports, including women’s basketball (#20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (#20, 2022) and men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s football. (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Vert et Bleu posted the department’s best sixth place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and Florida State’s top seven teams won the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progression in their sport. FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 classroom GPA in the fall 2020 semester and outperformed the general undergraduate college population for 25 consecutive semesters. The past five semesters (Fall 2019 – Fall 2021) have each seen another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a team GPA of 3.0 or higher in each. The Eagles also served an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two finalists for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.