FORT MYERS, Fla. - No. 6 North Florida survived to defeat No. 3 FGCU by a 5-3 score Saturday morning in the ASUN Conference Softball Championship at the FGCU Softball Complex in a contest that spanned two days due to a pair of weather delays.
North Florida jumped on FGCU starter Marrisa Mesiemore from the start as Dominica Cocuzza doubled to right center scoring Navia Penrod from first base, who led off the game with a single. A base hit by Taylor Lower would advance Cocuzza to third who would score on a single by Paige Pfent to put the Ospreys up 2-0.
UNF starter Sydney Matzko would get out of a tough, bases loaded one-out jam with an infield pop up and ground out. Her team added three more runs in the top half of the second inning on three hits and a sacrifice fly before rain halted play.
Following a four and a half hour weather delay, the two squads briefly resumed action at the FGCU Softball Complex before another round of thunderstorms forced the game to be suspended.
Once play resumed this morning, FGCU started chipping away at the 5-0 deficit. The Eagles scored a pair of runs on two hits in the fourth inning to cut the UNF lead to 5-2. Haley Morrell and Racquel Fournet both recorded RBIs in the inning. Morrell registered a two-out double in the fifth inning and scored on a base hit by Fournet, to make it a 5-3 game.
Penrod led the Ospreys with a trio of hits in the game, while Cocuzza and Lower had two hits apiece. Fournet had two hits with two RBIs, while Kate Kelly also collected two hits. UNF starter Sydney Matzko (15-11) earned the win in the circle, while her counterpart Mesiemore (10-8) suffered the loss.
North Florida (29-23) advances to face No. 2 Liberty for the right to take on top-seeded Lipscomb in the title game. FGCU concludes its season with a 29-22 record.
No. 3 FGCU vs. No. 6 North Florida Game Notes
- UNF's Navia Penrod now has 281 career hits which ranks third all-time in the ASUN career record book.
- The Ospreys secured their second win over the Eagles in the 2019 Softball Championship and improve to 3-1 all-time in tournament play vs. FGCU.
- No. 6 seeds now stand at 29-57 (.337) all-time in Championship play vs. a 30-56 (.349) mark for No. 3 seeds.
- UNF becomes the first No. 6 seed to advance to Game 9 in Championship play since Stetson in 2015.
- All-time North Florida moves to 7-7 (.500) in ASUN Championship history.
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