Kathryn Spack hit her first home run of the season
March 15, 2014
Boca Raton, Fla. -
The Florida Atlantic University softball team split its doubleheader against UAB on Saturday, losing 4-3 in the first game and winning 3-1 in extra innings in the second game.
FAU (19-13, 3-2 C-USA) held a lead for the majority of the second game, scoring the first run in the top of the second. Melissa Martinez started off the inning with a single and advanced off of a Mickey Bell single to left field and a Kathryn Spack infield single before scoring on a Jordan Stovall single.
The Owls would hold UAB scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Blazers tied the game at 1-1 when Samantha Messer hit a batter with the bases loaded. The two teams remained deadlocked until the ninth inning, when Carnesha Thompson led off with a single through the left side and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Stovall singled to drive in Thompson. Stovall scored the final run of the game on a UAB throwing error.
FAU had a total of 12 hits in the game. Messer threw her seventh complete game of the season to improve her record to 9-3. Messer allowed only five hits, had four strikeouts and lowered her team-best ERA to 1.71.
FAU scored its third and final run in the top of the fourth with two outs. Herb singled and advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt. Christina Martinez, who went 3-for-4 in the game, singled up the middle to score Herb. Shell and Thompson also recorded a hit in the game.
Kylee Hanson gave up five hits and had four strikeouts while throwing a complete game.
The Owls will face UAB on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET in Birmingham in the rubber game of the series. They will be back home on March 20 where they will face Connecticut at 6 p.m. at FAU Softball Stadium. For ticket information, please visit FAUTix.com or call 1-866-FAU-OWLS. Live game coverage and statistics can also be found at fausports.com. Fans can also follow the action on twitter @fauowlssoftball.