March 24, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - Taylor Fawbush threw the 22nd no-hitter in FAU history, picked up a save and went 5-for-7 at the plate to help the Florida Atlantic softball team split a doubleheader with South Alabama on Saturday.
Fawbush put the Owls (11-24, 1-5 Sun Belt) on the board in the bottom of the first inning in game one, driving in Heather Barnes with an RBI triple to put FAU ahead 1-0. Fawbush was perfect in the circle through 3.2 innings, before loading the bases in the top of the fourth. She was able to induce a grounder, but a fielding error allowed the tying run to score.
Fawbush singled to center field in the fifth, but Barnes was ruled out trying to score on the play on a call that drew fierce argument from the FAU dugout. The Jaguars scored two more times in the sixth, helped by a hit by pitch, a walk and two Owl errors. USA scored three runs despite not recording a hit and won game one 3-1.
In the nightcap, FAU once again took an early lead, Fawbush had another RBI hit, this one a double to plate Barnes and put the Owls up 1-0 in the first. Jordan Stovall drove in Fawbush later in the inning to push the lead to 2-0. USA cut the lead in half in the second, scoring a run on a sacrifice fly. Whitley Herb's RBI infield single put FAU back up by two, 3-1. Alexa Ballard scored on the play.
The Jaguars (18-9, 6-2) wouldn't go away and answered right back in the top of the fifth, scoring on an RBI single by Alyssa Linn to pull within 3-2. Fawbush led off the bottom of the fifth with her third hit of the game before giving way to Lindsey Shell as a pinchrunner. Stovall drove in Shell with an RBI double to left.
That run would prove vital, as USA loaded the bases in the top of the sixth. An FAU error allowed one run to score, but Fawbush induced a double play and struck out a batter to end the threat. She retired the Jaguars in order in the seventh for her first save of the season.
FAU and USA will meet in the rubber match of the series at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Live stats will be available at www.fausports.com.
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