Late Rally Lifts Florida Gulf Coast over Flashes
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Kent State held a 3-0 lead over Florida Gulf Coast after six innings Sunday, but the Eagles scored four times in the seventh and held on for a 4-3 victory at theSouth Florida Invitational.
Senior Beth Cinadr had three of the Golden Flashes' 10 hits, including two doubles. However, KSU left nine runners on and did not score after the third inning.
"Beth did a great job coming through at the plate," Head Coach Karen Linder said.
All three of the Flashes' runs came in the third on five consecutive hits. Cinadr and sophomore Lauren Grimes each doubled in the inning.
For the second day in a row, sophomore Danielle Abernathy did not allow a run in her first six innings pitched. But a leadoff single by the Eagles in the seventh was the first of four hits in the inning. A two-out error then brought home the tying and go-ahead runs for Florida Gulf Coast.
"Danielle pitched well enough to win," Linder said. "We left too many runners on base. One more clutch hit would have been really beneficial."
Abernathy struck out five in her second complete game in as many days.
"The weekend gave us an opportunity to get Danielle and Maleeya (Coleman) more game experience which will help us in MAC play," Linder said.
The Golden Flashes remain on their Florida trip this week, taking on Central Florida Wednesday and Bethune-Cookman Thursday.