March 12, 2013
BOCA RATON, FL - Stephanie Call had three RBI and pitched a complete game in helping the Florida Atlantic softball team's doubleheader sweep of Colgate on Tuesday night.
Colgate (0-7) got a run in the first on a triple and a single to take a 1-0 lead. FAU (14-15) had the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning, but couldn't get on the board. The Owls finally cracked the scoreboard in the fourth inning when a passed ball and bad throw by the Colgate catcher allowed Alexa Ballard to tie the game.
Back-to-back doubles by Shelby Knox and Jordan Stovall drove in two more runs and gave FAU a 3-1 lead. The Raiders cut the lead in half in the top of the fifth when Jennifer Martin stole home. In the bottom of the fifth, Christina Martinez drew a leadoff walk followed by Call hitting her third homerun of the year to put the lead at 5-2. Taylor Fawbush scattered seven hits for her sixth win of the season.
In the nightcap, it was the Owls who drew first blood, as Christina Martinez doubled down the left field line to drive in Thompson for the 1-0 lead. Call drove in the second run of the game with an RBI single that scored Lindsey Shell. Melissa Martinez's fifth inning sacrifice fly plated Thompson for a 3-0 FAU advantage.
Colgate finally got to Call in the sixth, scoring two runs on three hits. The Raiders had a chance to tie the game, but Ballard perfectly relayed a throw from Shell in left to cut down the tying run at the plate for the third out. Knox led off the bottom of the sixth with an infield single, then moved over to third on an Alison Milam double. Knox eventually scored on a Shell groundout.
Call struck out the first two batters in the seventh inning, before Milam caught a popup behind the plate for the final out of the game. Call moved to 5-4 on the year. The Owls will make a six-game conference road trip, to play Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee.
A three game set with the Hilltoppers is up first, with a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. eastern on Saturday. Live stats will be available at www.fausports.com.