March 13, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - The freshmen class contributed heavily in the Florida Atlantic softball team's sweep of a doubleheader (3-2, 6-2) from Colgate on Tuesday night.
In the first game of the night, the Owls (10-18) took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Sarah Howell began the two out rally with a single up the middle and then stole second. Taylor Fawbush reached on a hit by pitch to bring Heather Barnes to the plate. Barnes swatted a triple to right center that plated Howell and Fawbush.
Colgate answered immediately, tying the game on a two-run homerun to left in the top of the fourth. FAU's freshmen asserted themselves in the bottom of the fifth when Alison Milam led off the inning with a single to left. After a Lindsey Shell groundout moved Milam to second, Laura Mann drew a walk in place of Howell. Howell then reentered the game and Fawbush came up to bat once again. She singled down the line in left to score Milam and give the Owls a 3-2 lead. Howell attempted to score on the play as well, but a perfect throw cut her down at the plate.
Fawbush retired the final 10 Raider hitters in a row to end the game and got her fourth win of the season.
In the nightcap, Colgate scored two runs on three hits in the top of the first inning, but the Owls responded, tying the game in the bottom of the inning. Alexa Ballard's two-run single was the big hit for FAU, scoring Carly Speerin and Howell. With runners on first and third with one out in the third, Fawbush successfully completed a squeeze play, scoring Shell and putting FAU up 3-2.
Back-to-back walks of Fawbush and Stephanie Call brought Mann to the plate for her second pinch hit appearance of the night. She grounded to the pitcher, but a throwing error brought both base runners around to score. FAU added an insurance run in the fifth, when Speerin stayed in a rundown long enough to allow Howell to score. After giving up three hits in the first inning, Paige Pender surrendered just five the rest of the game and didn't allow a runner past second base for her fifth win of the year.
FAU will wrap up the tournament schedule this weekend by hosting the Parents' Weekend Tournament. The Owls will play Jacksonville at 6 p.m. on Friday and live stats will be available at www.fausports.com.