NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
Contact: Mark DeCotis, Athletic Communications
Eastern Florida Falls in State Tournament Opener, Faces Indian River in Win or Go Home Game
May 3, 2014 - Eastern Florida's softball team fell into the loser's bracket of the Florida College System Activities Association/NJCAA Region 8 tournament today, dropping a 10-1 decision to the College of Central Florida at Pensacola's Exchange Park.
The loss dropped Eastern Florida to 22-26 on the season and into a 5 p.m. Central time (6 p.m. Eastern) elimination game today against FCSAA Southern Conference foe Indian River State.
Indian River, which was ranked No. 1 in the nation and was the Southern Conference co-champion with Miami Dade College, lost 1-0 to Seminole State College, also today.
Eastern Florida beat Indian River one time in four meetings in the regular season.
Against Central Florida, Eastern Florida trailed 2-1 in the fifth inning but surrendered eight runs, seven on home runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to lose by the 8-run mercy rule.
Left-hander Brooke Formby took the loss for the Titans who collected eight hits off two Central Florida pitchers but left seven runners on base including three to end the fourth inning. Titans runners were cut down at third base and home plate as Eastern Florida failed to score.
Devin Williams, Manya Lopez and Dajia Jones had two hits each for the Titans. Jones had the Titans lone run batted in, singling to score Formby in the fifth.
Jessica Nathan hit two home runs for Central Florida including a grand slam that sealed the game. Nathan finished with five runs batted in.
Autumn Hanners hit a three-run homer in the fifth. Central Florida rapped out nine hits, five for extra bases.