The FGCU softball team fell below the .500 mark for the first time this season, dropping two games to in-state rivals FIU Wednesday in Miami. The Eagles, who now stand 21-23 on the year, fell in the first contest 3-1 before the Panthers (36-11) picked up a 4-1 win in the finale.
Brittany McGuire started the scoring in the opener with a solo hone run in the fourth inning, but two runs in the bottom of the inning for FIU put the home side in front. FIU later added another in the fifth and FGCU could not come back, falling 3-1.
The Eagles once again took a lead in the second game, jumping out a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the second only for the Panthers to respond once again. A run in the second, two in the third and another in the sixth pushed the final to 4-1.
Riley Randolph started for the Eagles in the first game, but exited the game after three innings, allowing one hit and striking out four. Freshman pitcher Morgan White took over and pitched well, allowing only two earned runs on two hits, but suffered the loss, falling to 2-4.
FGCU didn't need four innings to score the game's first run in game two, instead the Eagles grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second, taking advantage of a Panther error that allowed McGuire to cross the plate.
FIU however would tie the game in the bottom half and tacked on two more in the third to grab a 3-1 lead. The Panthers added one final run in the bottom of the sixth before closing out the game in the seventh.
Taylor Wade suffered the loss, allowing four runs on five hits while walking five.The Eagles turn their attention back to conference play this weekend with a three-game series at Kennesaw State.