March 3, 2012
LAS VEGAS, NV - On Day 2 of the Eller Media Stadium Classic, the Florida Atlantic softball team fell in game one, but rebounded to beat the hosts in game two on a late-inning grand slam.
The Owls only managed three hits in the day's first game, against New Mexico State. They took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning as a flyball to deep rightfield off the bat of Stephanie Call was misplayed for a leadoff triple. Jordan Stovall then knocked in Call with a single to right-center.
The lead wouldn't hold up despite the best efforts of Call in the circle. A 3-run triple in the bottom of the 2nd, and two runs in the 6th gave the Aggies all the runs they needed in the 5-2 game. Call gave up seven hits and the five runs in a complete game loss.
FAU came out hot in game two against UNLV, with five runs in their half of the 3rd inning. Singles by Quincy Wilson, Sarah Howell and Heather Barnes scored the first run, Taylor Fawbush added an RBI single, and a Call double made it 4-0. Joshlyn Martinez ended the scoring with yet another single to score Call.
But UNLV chipped away with one run in the 3rd and a four-spot in the 4th inning to tie it at 5-5. The score stayed that way until the top of the 6th inning.
A Martinez one-out double started things off, followed by a walk to Whitley Herb and a hit by pitch of Laura Mann. With two outs, Barnes hit a no-doubter over the leftfield fence for a grand slam and a 9-5 lead.
Reliever Fawbush made that score hold up with 3 and 2/3 innings of scoreless work, improving to 2-5 on the season.
The Owls are now 6-12 overall, and wrap up things in the desert Sunday at noon (Eastern Time) against Illinois, for the second time in the classic. Live audio and statistics can be found on FAUSports.com.