BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University's softball team captured two wins on Saturday night with an 8-0 five inning victory over Dartmouth and a 1-0 win in the final game of the day versus University of Illinois-Chicago. Offensively, the Owls score the only necessary run in the first inning and defensively FAU got shutout performances in the circle for the wins.
From Head Coach Joan Joyce
"Two wins is a good day," said FAU Head Softball Coach Joan Joyce. "Tatum (Buckley) and Mia (Olson) both pitched very well. Mia pitched a heck of a game, in the second game. Us only getting a couple of hits (2) and scoring in the first, then Mia just went right through them. Mia is coming into her own and starting to show more confidence on the mound. That is exactly what we needed at this point."
Game 1 vs. Dartmouth
Emily Lochten led off the bottom of the first with a single and moved to second on a Dartmouth throwing error. The speedy shortstop advanced to third on Madisyn Palmer's bunt single. Tatum Buckley then helped her cause with a RBI ground out to second. It was the only run the Owls would need for the victory, but the offense kept it going with a total of 12 hits in the 8-0 fifth inning mercy rule victory. Buckley picked up the shutout win allowing just two hits and surrendering no walks.
- Palmer was 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI
- Mia Olson was 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI
- Alex Miller scored twice and was 2-for-2
- Just one batter struck out and only four base runners were left stranded
- Buckley did not walk a batter, recorded two strike outs and moved to 5-2 on the year
Game 2 vs. University of Illinois-Chicago
Lochten singled to right to open game two, with the Owls playing as the visiting team. The senior stole second, moved to third on a ground out to the pitcher and then Lochten essentially got caught in a run down which placed the batter Buckley on first via a fielders choice. Lochten moved back to third safely, but the throw to second in an attempt to get Buckley advancing allowed Lochten to try for home once more. On Lochten's second attempt, on the same play, she scored safely. A throwing error to home on the play allowed Buckley to move to third, where she was stranded. It would be the game's final run with FAU recording just one more hit in the game a single by Olson.
- Lochten was 1-for-3 with the game winning run
- Olson doubled, her first of 2018
- Olson moved to 4-2 on the year and recorded her first shutout of 2018
The Owls continue the Strike Out Cancer Tournament on Sunday face Tulsa at 1:30 p.m. Live stats and live video will be available at fausports.com. In-game updates will also be available through the team's Twitter account, @fauowlssoftball.