March 18, 2011
CLEARWATER, FL - Defensive struggles plagued the Florida Atlantic softball team at the first day of the USF-The Game Invitational, but the Owls managed to split their two games.
FAU was able to overcome five errors to defeat Rutgers 11-10 in their first game of the day. After the Scarlet Knights scored two runs in the top of the first, the Owls answered with four of their own in the bottom of the inning. Jordan Stovall and Ashlyn Parmerter both provided two-run base hits in the inning. Rutgers scored three runs in the third and two runs in the fourth to take a 7-4 lead, although just three of the five runs were earned.
Carly Speerin and Taylor Fawbush both had RBI singles in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 7-6. Two more Rutgers runs in the sixth pushed the lead back to 9-6. FAU scored four runs in the home half of the sixth to take a 10-9 lead. Stovall had the big hit, a two-run triple that tied the game at 9. Speerin then beat out an infield single that scored Stovall and gave FAU the lead. Rutgers tied the score in the top of the seventh on a passed ball, forcing more heroics from the Owls. With the bases loaded in and just one out, Brittany Walker reached on an infield single that scored Hailey Broyles and gave FAU the win.
Walker hit her first homerun of the season to put the Owls ahead 1-0 in the first inning of their game against Oklahoma State. Defensive miscues continued to haunt the Owls as an error in the bottom of the inning allowed the Cowgirls to take a 2-1 lead. OSU never surrendered the lead, adding two runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to take an 8-1 lead. Stovall delivered an RBI single in the fifth for the Owls' only other run of the game.
FAU continues action at the USF-The Game Invitational in Clearwater on Saturday. The first game of the evening, against Buffalo begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by a game against Long Island at 8 p.m. Live stats of both games will be available at www.fausports.com.