Feb. 9, 2013
TAMPA, FL - Florida Atlantic University's softball team returned to the field on Saturday. FAU dropped the first to Marshall University, 3-1, and the second 10-2 to No. 15 University of Michigan.
Both contests were ultimately decided in one inning of play. The first game saw Paige Pender take to the circle and surrendered two unearned runs to Marshall in the first inning. The score held until the fifth when FAU struck. Junior shortstop Shelby Knox drew a walk and was replaced by pinch runner Whitley Herb. With two outs, a misplayed ball in right scored Herb.
Marshall got the insurance run back in the sixth and took a 3-1 victory. Pender took the loss, her first of the young season, after retiring three via strikeout. Pender pitched the complete seven inning game and allowed just one earned run.
Game two of the day saw senior pitcher Taylor Fawbush start. Michigan, ranked 15th in the nation, recorded just three hits through the first three innings. The Wolverines exploded in the fourth with seven hits before Samantha Messer relieved Fawbush. Messer saw Michigan record four more hits before she could get the Owls out of the 10-run inning.
FAU scored in bottom of the fifth. Jordan Stovall was hit by a pitch and was then relieved by pinch runner Sara Rotunno. Kathryn Spack picked up the Owls' lone hit and moved Rotunno into scoring position at third. First baseman Laura Mann then drove in the FAU's first run and Spack later scored FAU's final run of the game.
Fawbush took the loss, her second of the season, and struck out one. Messer pitched an inning and two thirds and retired two by strikeout.
FAU will return to the field Sunday to play Marshall at 11:15 a.m. and host school USF, a team that participated in the 2012 College World Series, at 1:30 p.m. To follow the games, log onto www.fausports.com or follow the team via twitter @FAUOwlAthletics or Facebook @fauowlathletics.