Samantha Messer pitched five perfect innings to pick up the win on Tuesday night.
March 4, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University softball team had to rally from an early deficit to defeat Michigan State 6-5 on Tuesday night.
FAU (12-8) trailed 5-0 in the third inning after the Spartans (5-11) scored two runs in the second inning and three more in the third. Samantha Messer entered in the fourth inning to relieve starter Amanda Wilson and did not allow a base runner for the rest of the game.
FAU tied the game in the bottom of the sixth. Jordan Stovall reached on a two-base error to lead off the inning before Delaney Rickey pinch ran for her. Mickey Bell singled to center to score Rickey. Sara Rotunno then entered for Bell. Kathryn Spack reached on a Spartan throwing error that also allowed Rotunno to score. Christina Martinez doubled down the line in left to knot the score 5-5.
In the seventh inning, Sarah Howell got to third, but could not score, sending the game to extra innings. After Messer retired the Spartans in order for a fifth straight inning, Spack lead off with a double to left bringing Christina Martinez to the plate. Martinez's bunt was fielded by the Spartan third baseman, but after wheeling in an attempt to cut off the lead runner, the throw went into left, allowing Spack to score and giving FAU the win.
Messer threw five perfect innings in relief to pick up her fifth win of the year.
FAU begins Conference USA play on Wednesday with a doubleheader against Marshall. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. Live stats will be available at fausports.com. For tickets, contact the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS or visit FAUTix.com. Fans can also follow FAU's games at twitter.com/fauowlssoftball.