Samantha Messer pitched the FAU softball team to a victory over #10 USF on Sunday.
Feb. 11, 2013
BOCA RATON, FL - The Florida Atlantic softball team opened its season in Tampa over the weekend.
The Owls lost its first four games of the tournament and faced a daunting task in playing USF in their last game. The Bulls were not only the tournament host, but also the 10th ranked team in the country. Most teams would have taken those circumstances as a reason for not giving full effort, but the ladies of the softball team did not do that.
FAU was able jump ahead early and keep the lead. However, even after Alexa Ballard homered in the top of the seventh, the game was still in doubt. The Bulls' first two runners of the seventh inning reached and the game tying run was on second base with no outs. It was a perfect opportunity for the team to show what it was made of. Samantha Messer was able to hunker down and get the next three batters to end the game. It was the kind of game that the Owls most likely would have lost season, and possibly earlier on during the weekend, but they came through with the victory.
The victory was a signal to Owl fans and to the girls themselves, that the program is back on the right track after a difficult 2012 season. FAU opens its home schedule this weekend with the FAU Kick-Off Classic. If Sunday's game was any indication, the softball team will give fans plenty of reasons to cheer.