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Eagles sweep doubleheader against Hatters to clinch postseason berth

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Florida Gulf Coast University softball won both games of the doubleheader against Stetson University on Saturday by scores of 4-1 and 5-4. Avery Viancos And Olivia Black each had three hit matches on the day.

Viancos reached base in her first four at bats of the day, spanning both games of the doubleheader. “I get into trouble sometimes and I work very hard for my team,” Viancos said. “It’s my job to get on base and I’m happy to do that for everyone.”

Angelina Bonilla continued to shine from the circle for the Eagles. Bonilla came into the circle for the complete match victory in the first game and came in for her eighth save of the season in the second game to extend her ASUN lead in saves.

“I’m happy that I could help the team win and it makes me very happy to win the day. Hopefully we can come back tomorrow and win the series,” said Bonilla.

FGCU 4, Stetson 1

Bonilla came into the circle for the first game and continued her string of great starts. Bonilla earned her team-leading seventh complete match and her fifth in six ASUN starts. Bonilla struckout six and walked none.

The scoring started in the first inning for the Eagles Neely Peterson drove in her team-leading 26th and 27th RBI to give FGCU an early 2-0 lead.

Riley Oakes then put the game out of reach with an RBI single and brought in Viancos, who reached base with a triple. Following a Nikki Gibson single, Oakes stole home plate after Gibson lured a throw to second.

With Bonilla in the circle, that was all Green and Blue needed to take the first win of the day.

FGCU 5, Stetson 4

ASUN’s top statistical pitching staff continued to show how it keeps ASUN hitters on their toes. Allison Sparkman, Ally Hulme, Claire Mauldingand Bonilla all came into the circle in this game, allowing just one earned run and striking out six.

Black made himself known during this game, recording three hits, three RBI and scoring the game’s winning run.

“It’s been the same story all season, knowing that the person behind me has my back,” Black said. “That’s the key going in there, feeling comfortable knowing that if I can’t get the job done, I have an even better person behind me. It was just trusting that and staying relaxed.”

Black singled home the first run of the game to give the Eagles an early 1-0 lead and would bring home two more to tie the Green and Blue even at three.

Oakes took over the offensive production for the remainder of the game and scored on a Gibson single. Oakes then stepped up to the plate and brought home Black with a single of his own to secure the 5-4 win.

“Once I got in the box, I knew I had to keep things simple,” Oakes said. “When I saw (Olivia) cross the plate, I knew I had done my job.”

With the win, FGCU clinched a spot in the playoffs. Next up is the series finale against Stetson.

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