The FGCU Eagles came into this tournament as the No. 1 seed. The Eagles have lived up to their high seeding by winning their first two games to advance to the conference final.
FGCU had a close game against the Jacksonville Dolphins where they were trailing 4-2 in the seventh inning. It looked as if all hope was lost for the Eagles. However, they rallied and tied it up 4-4 to send it into extra innings.
“I think they were disappointed in themselves and that they didn’t come out and play better right away, Head Coach David Deiros said. “As a result what happened is they were trying to do their job and they were trying to do the job of the person next to them, and that’s just a recipe for disaster. You’ve got to do your responsibilities and have total faith and confidence that the person next to you is going to do their job.”
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth, Chelsea Zgrabik marched up to the plate and blasted a ball out of the park for a grand slam.
Deiros explained that that win was huge for the Eagles because of how it happened.
“It keeps the feeling going that there is no lead that they can’t overcome. I think that’s what it’s going to do.”
In the game against Stetson, FGCU was back to its usual self.
“Today we were a lot cleaner and we did our jobs and we were focused on taking care of ours, Deiros said. “We made both pitchers work deep into counts and they couldn’t maintain what they were trying to do.”
Deiros said he couldn’t be more proud of his team for coming to Spartanburg and winning a pair of games at Cyrill Stadium. The Eagles were 0-4 in previous appearances to the home of the Spartans.
“We are playing with confidence and we are playing with a no-quit attitude,” he said. “If we do the things that we are capable of doing, I think we are going to be in good shape.”