May 8, 2013
TROY, Ala.- A dramatic rally was not enough to propel the Florida Atlantic University softball team to victory on Wednesday, as the Owls lost to North Texas 7-6 in eight innings at the Sun Belt Conference tournament. FAU (27-28) trailed 5-0 in the fifth inning when back to back singles by Christina Martinez and Lindsey Shell, followed by a Melissa Martinez walk loaded the bases with no outs. Stephanie Call drew a walk to score Christina Martinez. North Texas retired the next two batters before Alexa Ballard came to the plate. Ballard drove in Shell with a base on balls to cut the deficit to 5-2 before a strikeout ended the threat.
The Mean Green (28-22) answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-2 advantage. Shelby Knox was hit by a pitch to lead off the sixth inning for FAU before Whitley Herb replaced on first. Another Shell single, as well as a second walk of Melissa Martinez again loaded the bases for the Owls. Carnesha Thompson came to the plate with two outs and smacked a single up the middle that scored Herb and Shell. Jordan Stovall walked, but a popup to short prevented any more offense.
The Owls still trailed 6-4 in the seventh inning with two outs and no one on base. Christina Martinez and Shell both singled down the left field line to bring Melissa Martinez to the plate. Her single tied the game as Shell slid in under the glove of the Mean Green catcher. Melissa Martinez got advanced to third, but was ultimately left stranded.
NT threatened in the bottom of the seventh, but Taylor Fawbush was able to retire the side and send the game to extra innings. Stovall drew her third base on balls of the game in the top of the eighth but didn't score. The Mean Green had runners on first and second with two out in the bottom of the eighth when back-to-back fielding errors allowed the winning run to score.
The Owls will face no. 8 ULM at 11:00 a.m. eastern on Thursday. Live stats of the game will be available at www.fausports.com and free live video of the game will be available at www.sunbeltsports.org.