March 6, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University softball team took its first ever Conference USA series with a 9-6 win over Marshall on Thursday.
The Owls (14-9, 2-1 C-USA) had the bases loaded in the first inning when Marshall turned a double play. However, Whitley Herb scored on the play to give FAU a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, Shelby Knox doubled to left center, driving in Christina Martinez and putting the Owls up 2-0.
Marshall (5-13, 1-2) tied the game in the top of the third inning on a two-run base hit by Savanah Webster. FAU immediately responded, retaking the lead in the bottom of the third when Melissa Martinez's popup drove the second baseman back to shallow right field, allowing Herb to score her second run of the game. The Thundering Herd retied the game on the first pitch of the fourth inning with a solo homerun. Marshall took the lead later in the inning to chase starter Samantha Messer from the game.
Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth, FAU busted out for six runs on nine hits. Kathryn Spack's two-run base hit was the big blow of the inning. Melissa Martinez, Knox, Carnesha Thompson and Mickey Bell all contributed RBIs in the frame. The first three Marshall batters reached to load the bases in the seventh, but two fielder's choices and a flyout ended the game.
Amanda Wilson pitched 3.2 innings in relief for her fifth win of the year. The Owls return to the field on Friday to play Michigan State and Virginia Tech as part of the Parents' Weekend Tournament. FAU's games are scheduled to start at 5 and 7 p.m. respectively, but tournament play begins at 9:30 a.m. Live stats will be available for all tournament games at fausports.com. For tickets, call the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS or log on to FAUTix.com.