At Eddie C. Moore Complex * Clearwater, Florida * March 17-19, 2017
Yale 7, FAMU 6
Colgate 10, FAMU 9
Rutgers 7, FAMU 5, 8 inns.
Army 3, FAMU 0
USF 4, FAMU 3
CLEARWATER, Fla. (Mar. 19) – The FAMU Women’s Softball team played five hard-fought games in the 2017 USF Under Armour Invitational at the Eddie C. Moore Complex, Friday through Sunday, dropping all five by close scores.
@ In Sunday’s finale, FAMU rallied from a 4-0 deficit after the second inning, with scoring single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings, only to fall just short, 4-3 to host USF.
FAMU had runners on second and third when the game ended on a strikeout in the top of the seventh.
Amber Fullwood (three hits), Tahlia Snider and Alexis Blasingane (two hits each) led FAMU’s 13-hit attack Sunday afternoon.
@ On Saturday, FAMU lost the early game to Rutgers, 7-5 in extra innings, giving up two runs to the Scarlet Knights in the top of the eighth, after rallying to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game, 5-5 and force the extra frame.
Kenya Pereira (three hits), Taylor Rosier and Tashayla Irvis (two hits each), along with Jamesia Stoudemire (two RBIs) led the 11-hit FAMU attack.
In the second game Saturday. Army West Point, blanked FAMU, 3-0, holding the Rattlers to five hits. Miesha McBride led FAMU with two in the game.
Tahlia Snider, who came on in relief of starter Veronica Burse, struck out nine Army hitters in fourth and two-thirds innings of shutout pitching.
@ In Friday’s opening round, Yale nipped FAMU, 7-6, despite being outhit by the Rattlers, 10-4.
FAMU scored three runs in the first, and single runs in the second and third to build a 5-0 lead, before Yale pushed across four runs in the bottom of the fifth, and two more in the bottom of the sixth, after the Rattlers scored once in the top of the sixth to take a 6-4 lead.
Jamesia Stoudemire led the FAMU offense with a three-for-four hitting performance, with three RBIs, with Tashayla Irvis adding two hits and an RBI.
Kenya Pereira struck out six for FAMU in five innings of work, allowing four runs on three hits.
In the late game Friday, FAMU tallied a season-high 14 hits in a 10-9 loss to Colgate, as the Raiders used a three-run top of the sixth to ease past the Rattlers in a back-and-forth battle.
Colgate held a 4-1 lead after the first inning, but FAMU struck for four runs in the bottom of the third to barge ahead, 5-4.
Both teams scored three runs in the fourth inning, leaving FAMU holding an 8-7 lead, before the Rattlers added a single run in the fifth to extend to 9-7, setting the stage for the Raiders to vault ahead in the sixth.
Whitney Farris led FAMU with three hits, with Alexis Day, Toni Anderson and Alexis Blasingane and Taylor Rosier all finishing with two hits. Day, Anderson and Jamesia Stoudemire each tripled, with Rosier adding a double in the second game outbreak.
WHAT’S ON DECK: FAMU (5-24-1) will open Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play at home this weekend, as they host North Carolina Central Saturday and Sunday at the Women’s Softball Complex. Saturday’s schedule features a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader, and Sunday’s series finale starts at 12 noon.