FORT MYERS, Fla. – Freshman Caroline Taylor breaks her streak of homerless games and fellow freshman Kirsten Stevens pitches a gem to lead the Mercer University softball team to a series sweep of Florida Gulf Coast University with a 3-1 win at the FGCU Softball Complex on Sunday.
Mercer (34-17, 16-8 Atlantic Sun) ended their regular season in style with a three-game sweep of Florida Gulf Coast (28-24-1, 11-13 A-Sun) that also pushes the overall win streak to five. Stevens and Taylor put an exclamation point on the freshman takeover that has been 2014 for Bears softball.
Stevens (14-4) pitched a complete game to get her 14th win. She allowed just three hits in the seven innings with no walks while striking out four. Her lone blemish came in the second inning when she allowed a solo home run to Kelsey Carpenter.
Taylor finished 2-for-4 with the homer and two RBIs. She launched the long ball in the fifth inning to give the Bears a lead they would not relinquish.
Senior McKenzie Woody finished her final regular season game with a terrific performance, as well. A perfect four hit day for the centerfielder along with an RBI single in the sixth to push the Bears lead to two energized the team.
The Bears will now play the waiting game to see where they will be seeded in the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament. The tournament begins on the 7thof May with the Bears having an outside shot of making the third seed.