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Eastern Florida Eliminated From State Tournament With 9-1 Loss to Indian River State
May 3, 2014 - Eastern Florida's softball team was eliminated from the Florida College System Activities Association/NJCAA Division I Region 8 tournament on Saturday with a 9-1 loss to Indian River State College.
Eastern Florida was forced into the loser's bracket game against FCSAA Southern Conference foe Indian River after suffering a 9-1 loss to the College of Central Florida earlier in the day at Exchange Park in Pensacola.
Nationally top-ranked Indian River was upset earlier on Saturday, falling 1-0 to Seminole State College. Indian River continues tournament play on Sunday while Eastern Florida finishes its season with a 22-27 record and 10 straight appearances in the state tournament.
"We're proud of the kids," said Eastern Florida assistant coach Bob Yanczewski said. "We had four sophomores and 13 freshmen who matured over a long, challenging season to allow us to reach what is always our first goal, qualifying for the state tournament."
"We will certainly miss our sophomores – Brooke Formby, Manya Lopez, Bri Seaman and Devin Williams. They were great players and more importantly great people who provided the leadership necessary for us to achieve what we did."
Eastern Florida dug itself an early hole against Indian River, trailing 7-1 after two innings, the big blow being Amber Atkinson's second inning grand slam home run. Atkinson finished the day with five runs batted in.
Eastern Florida pitchers surrendered four home runs on Saturday including two grand slams.
Catcher Shelby Nazworth homered to right field in the second inning for Eastern Florida's only run against Indian River.
Right-hander Dajia Jones took the loss, allowing seven runs before being relieved by Hannah Denny who allowed two runs in four innings.
Indian River, the Southern Conference co-champion with Miami Dade College, finished with nine hits while Eastern Florida managed just three off Pioneer right-hander Corrie Boggess.
Indian River improved to 40-11 on the season.