April 12, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Big days at the plate from Christina Martinez and Jordan Stovallhelped the Florida Atlantic softball team take both games of a doubleheader from Charlotte on Saturday. FAU won game one 4-0 and game two 4-3 in eight innings.
In the first game, Martinez put the Owls (27-20, 9-8 C-USA) ahead 2-0 in the second inning, driving in Mickey Bell and Kathryn Spack with a double to left. A Spack triple had already pushed the FAU lead to 3-0 in the top of the fourth when Martinez roped a triple of her own that scored Whitley Herb and gave the Owls a 4-0 lead. Kylee Hansonthrew a complete game three-hitter for her seventh win of the season.
It was Stovall's turn to spark the Owls at the plate in the second game. She singled to left in the first inning to drive in Herb. A Shelby Knoxsacrifice fly later in the inning made the score 2-0. Stovall led off the fourth inning with a shot off the scoreboard in center to put the Owls ahead 3-0.
Amanda Wilsongot into trouble in the circle on multiple occasions. In the third inning, the 49ers had runners on first and third with just one out after two FAU errors. However, a grounder to Knox at short resulted in the runner at third being tagged out, while the runner who started at first was thrown out trying to advance. In the sixth inning, Spack cut down a Charlotte runner at the plate who tried to score on a groundout to third.
The 49ers (15-20, 6-10) finally got to Wilson in the seventh, scoring three runs and putting the winning run on third base before she was able to end the inning. Stovall led off the top of the eighth with a single to left, before being replaced by Sarah Howell. Howell scored on a Knox sac bunt and Charlotte throwing error to give FAU a 4-3 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Wilson walked the leadoff batter, before giving way to Samantha Messer. Messer, by way of a double play and strikeout, ended the game and preserved the win. Wilson's win was her eighth of the year, while Messer notched her second save of the season.
The Owls will try for the series sweep at noon on Sunday. First pitch is set for noon. Live stats of the game will be available at fausports.com.