ORMOND BEACH, Fla. (May. 9) – The FAMU Women’s Softball team unleashed a 14-hit attack here Wednesday afternoon to down the Delaware State Hornets, 8-4, in the opening round of the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Softball Championship.
FAMU (21-27), the No. 2 Seed from the South Division, advances to Thursday’s winner’s bracket second round, where they will face Morgan State (28-15), the No. 1 Seed from the North Division, at 3:00 p.m.
The Lady Rattlers never trailed Wednesday, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, on a two-run single by Toni Anderson, and an RBI double to center by Alexis Day.
Delaware State (12-34), the No. 3 Seed from the North Division, pushed across a pair of runs in the top of the second, before tying the game, 3-3, with a run in the top of the third inning.
But FAMU, winners of four straight tournament crowns, was not to be denied Wednesday, as they scored two runs in the bottom of the third for a 5-3 lead, on an RBI triple by Day, and a run scoring single by Yuri Hampton.
The Rattler Women added two more run in the bottom of the fourth to move out to a 7-3 advantage, on a RBI ground out by Taylor Rosier, and an RBI single by Anderson.
Both teams traded single runs in the sixth inning for the 8-4 final score, with FAMU scoring the game’s final tally on an RBI single by Day.
Senior pitcher Veronica Burse (7-16), the tournament MVP two years ago (2016), was sharp in the opener, allowing four runs on eight scattered hits, with a pair of strikeouts in seven complete innings.
Leading the FAMU hit parade was junior right fielder Alexis Day, who went a perfect 4-for-4, with a double, a triple and three RBIs; senior first baseman Toni Anderson, who went 3-for-4, with three RBIs, and sophomore center fielder Jamesia Stoudemire, who finished the game going 2-for-4 at the plate, scoring two runs.
Junior Taylor Rosier added a hit, an RBI, with three runs scored, while sophomore Yuri Hampton had a hit and a run driven in.