No. 4 #FSWSoftball Takes Two On Day One Of The FCSAA State Tourney

Photo Credit: Tessa Mortensen
Photo Credit: Tessa Mortensen

April 28-30, 2017
Historic Dodgertown (Vero Beach, Fla.)
TICKETS (DAY PASSES): $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and children
TICKETS (TOURNAMENT PASS): $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for students and children
Select games are available on the FCSAA Sports YouTube Channel
Select games are available on the FCSAA Sports YouTube Channel
Saturday, April 29
(**Rankings in ( ) reflect final Region 8 Softball Coaches' Poll**)

  • Game 17 - (10t) Palm Beach State vs. (5) Northwest Florida State, 10 am
  • Game 18 - Miami Dade vs. (8) State College of Florida, 10 am
  • Game 19 - (9) Santa Fe vs. (1) Chipola, 10 am
  • Game 20 - Eastern Florida State vs. (7) Daytona State, 10 am
  • Game 21 - (2) Florida SouthWestern vs. (4) Central Florida 12 pm
  • Game 22 - (6) Indian River State vs. (3) Seminole State, 12 pm
  • Game 23 - Game 17 winner vs. Game 18 winner, 2 pm
  • Game 24 - Game 19 winner vs. Game 20 winner, 2 pm
  • Game 25 - Game 23 winner vs. Game 21 loser, 5 pm
  • Game 26 - Game 24 winner vs. Game 22 loser, 5 pm
  • Game 27 - Game 21 winner vs. Game 22 winner, 7 pm (winner advances to NJCAA Division I Softball Championship)

VERO BEACH, Fla. - The No. 4 Florida SouthWestern softball team, powered by 21 total runs on the afternoon, picked up a pair of wins on day one of the NJCAA District/FCSAA State Softball Tournament at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla. on Friday (April 28). The Bucs defeated Tallahassee Community College, 9-0, in six innings, before taking down Daytona State, 12-2, in five innings in game two.

With the wins, FSW's record moves to 58-5 overall. The wins also make the Bucs winners of 10 straight games.

In game one, the Purple and Aqua defeated TCC 9-0 in six innings. Giovanna Watts picked up the win after pitching 4.0 innings and surrendering just three hits, while striking out three. Courtney Gettins picked up the save, throwing 2.0 innings of one-hit softball. Mikayla Werahiko led the Bucs with a 3-for-4 performance at the dish. She also added three RBIs and a run scored. Marta Fuentes went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Molly Roark finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Mikenzie Vaughn, Riley Russell and Kayla Rangiawha each went 2-for-2.

In the game two, Gettins got the win after pitching 5.0 innings, giving up five hits and a pair of earned runs. FSW registered 14 hits during the contest, led by four hits from Christian Quinn. Quinn finished the game 4-for-4 with a triple, a pair of RBIs and a run scored. Mikayla Werahiko went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and three runs scored. Criza Bulanadi finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored and three stolen bases, while Kayla Rangiawha went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored.

The Purple and Aqua are back in action on Saturday, April 29 when they take on College of Central Florida (12pm) on day two of the NJCAA District/FCSAA State Softball Tournament. Following the matchup with CF, FSW will play at 5pm (opponent TBA) or 7pm (against the winner of Indian River State/Seminole State).

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The Florida SouthWestern State College athletic program is a member of the Florida College System Athletic Association (FCSAA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Buccaneers are one of 25 schools in the NJCAA Region 8 and are one of six schools in the Suncoast Conference. Florida SouthWestern State College currently supports four intercollegiate athletic programs (Baseball, Softball, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball), with Volleyball coming in the fall of 2017.

Baseball and Softball began their regular season competition in 2016 at the City of Palms Park in Fort Myers. Located on the Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus in Fort Myers will be the brand new Suncoast Credit Union Arena (completed in fall 2016), where FSW's men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams will compete.

The movement to form a unique sports association dedicated to America's two-year colleges arose in 1937 when several track and field coaches gathered in Fresno, California. A year later, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rejected a petition from 13 two-year colleges in California to grant their teams and athletes permission to compete at the NCAA Track & Field Championships.

In the spring of 1938, following the NCAA's rejection, those same 13 two-year colleges gathered again in Fresno to organize and form an association that would promote and supervise a national athletics program exclusively for junior and community colleges…and the rest is history.

On May 14, 1938, the first constitution of the National Junior College Athletic Association was accepted by its charter members and the organization held its first national championship event a year later in May 1939.

The NJCAA has played a vital role in collegiate athletics for the past eight decades and continues to be the leader in championing academic and athletic opportunities for student-athletes. This section of the association's website is dedicated to celebrating the NJCAA's rich history and tradition as the national governing body of two-year college athletics.

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Membership in the Florida College System Activities Association is open to any of the 28 colleges in the Florida College System. Each member institution is represented in the policy‑making deliberations of the Association through that institution's President or other designated representative. The institutional representatives constitute the FCSAA Presidents Assembly, the ultimate authority in FCSAA.

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The region structure of the NJCAA is the primary method used by all sponsored sports of the association in determining qualification for national championship tournaments. In certain sports, two or more regions are partnered to form a competition 'district', which is then used for national championship qualification. The organization of districts varies per sport and is formulated every two years under the authority of the association's board of directors. 

FSW is in Region 8 and is joined by ASA College Miami (Region 8 only; non-FCSAA member), Broward College, Chipola College, College of Central Florida, Daytona State College, Eastern Florida State College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Gulf Coast State College, Hillsborough Community College, Indian River State College, Lake-Sumter State College, Miami Dade College, Northwest Florida State College, Palm Beach State College, Pasco-Hernando State College, Pensacola State College, Polk State College, Santa Fe College, Seminole State College of Florida, South Florida State College, St. Johns River State College, St. Petersburg College, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota and Tallahassee Community College.

The Bucs are also in the Suncoast Conference with Hillsborough Community College, Polk State College, South Florida State College, St. Petersburg College and State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota.

The women's basketball program is Southern Conference with Broward College, Eastern Florida State College, Indian River State College, Miami Dade College and Palm Beach State College.

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