April 28, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - The Florida Atlantic softball team split its doubleheader with Middle Tennessee on Saturday, leading to what will be a critical final game of the series on Sunday.
FAU (15-35, 5-16 Sun Belt) won the first game of the doubleheader 9-1. The Blue Raiders (16-31, 5-16) scored in the top of the first inning on a Nina Dever solo homer to right. The Owls responded in the bottom of the inning. Alexa Ballard continued her recent hot hitting streak with an RBI single that drove in Taylor Fawbush and moved Jordan Stovall to second. Stephanie Call immediately followed with three-run shot that put FAU up 4-1.
Laura Mann's RBI double in the third plated Call and increased the Owls' lead to 5-1. In the fifth inning, FAU drew four walks, including Quincy Wilson's with the bases loaded and along with RBI hits by Call and Lauren Tremblay to score three more runs and take their lead to 8-1. Heather Barnes led off the sixth with a double, advanced on an illegal pitch and ultimately scored the final run of the game on another RBI by Tremblay. Call pitched a complete game six-hitter in the win.
The Owls lost 11-4 in the nightcap. The game was a scoreless tie until the top of the fourth inning, as MT had four hits and took advantage of two Owl errors to score three runs. FAU scored a run in both the fifth and sixth innings, but baserunning miscues kept the Owls from doing more damage on both occasions. The Blue Raiders scored four runs each in the sixth and seventh innings, taking an 11-2 lead to the bottom of the seventh.
Lindsay Shell singled and Sarah Howell walked to lead off the bottom of the seventh, but MT turned a double play that erased Shell. Fawbush singled and Stovall reached on an error to bring Ballard to the plate, who hit a two-run single up the middle. However, Stovall was caught too far off of second base and was tagged out to end the game.
FAU and MT remained tied in the Sun Belt standings for the eighth and final spot in the conference tournament. They will meet in a pivotal rubber match at noon on Sunday. Live stats and audio will be available at www.fausports.com.