Feb. 26, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - Michigan State's defensive woes were the difference in the Florida Atlantic softball team's 4-3 win over the Spartans on the final day of the Strike Out Cancer tournament on Sunday.
Heather Barnes scored to give FAU (3-11) a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first after a MSU fielding error. The Owls generating offense on their own in the second inning, when Carly Speerin drove in two runs after an infield single got away from the Spartan second baseman.
Michigan State chipped away at the deficit, scoring a run in the third, fifth and sixth innings to tie the score at 3. FAU had the bases loaded with no outs in the bottom of the fifth, but MSU managed to get out of the inning without a run crossing the plate.
Taylor Fawbush led off the seventh with a base hit down the line in left, then Stephanie Call reached and Fawbush advanced to third on another Spartan error and Call gave way to pinch runner Sara Rotunno. After a Laura Mann popup, Michigan State was able to pick Fawbush off of third for the second out of the inning.
Jordan Stovall pinch hit for Quincy Wilson and popped a ball up to the shortstop in the shallow left field grass. However, the shortstop was unable to make and Rotunno scored from second on the play, giving the Owls the win. Paige Pender scattered seven hits for her second win of the season.
FAU will travel to Las Vegas, NV for next weekend's Eller Media Stadium Classic, hosted by UNLV. The Owls will face Illinois in its first game of that tournament, Friday at noon eastern and live stats will be available at www.fausports.com.