BOCA RATON, Fla. -
Picking up her eighth and ninth wins of the year, softball's Tatum Buckley has earned her third Florida Atlantic University Player of the Week title this season. No. 28 Baseball's junior lefthander Jake Miednik joins her after finishing off FIU on Sunday and securing the sweep for the Owls.
Buckley went 2-0 in the circle last weekend. On Saturday, she threw a complete-game six-hit shutout in the Owls' 1-0 win over UTSA. On Sunday, Buckley entered the game with FAU trailing 5-4 in the top of the seventh with two runners on and just one out. The junior was able to retire the side without allowing a run. Then, in the bottom of the inning, her fly ball to right allowed the game-tying and game-winning runs to score. For the week, she went 2-0 and gave up just six hits (none for extra bases), without allowing a run. She also contributed at the plate, hitting .375 with three RBI.
On Sunday, to help complete the three-game sweep of rival FIU, Miednik allowed only four hits and one run in eight innings, equaling his longest outing of the season. He struck out seven Panthers, his second-highest tally of the year, and walked just two in a crisp 100-pitch effort. Lefthanded batters hit just 2-for-9 against him (.222), and righthanders were 2-for-17 (.118). After retiring 10 straight, and 11 of the first 12 batters of the game, he gave up a run in the fourth but buckled down for a bases-loaded strikeout to end the inning. After that, his last four innings saw him face the minimum of 12 batters, with just a hit in the fifth (erased on a double play) and a walk in the sixth (eventually caught stealing) going against him.
Softball will wrap up the regular season with a four-game road trip. It begins in Las Cruces as the Owls play one against New Mexico State on Thursday, May 4, and concludes with a three-game series against conference opponent UTEP in El Paso, Texas this weekend. Baseball will also hit the road to play Southern Miss in Hattiesburg with the first of three games scheduled for Friday, May 5 at 7 p.m. EST.