SAVANNAH, GA. (April 14) – The FAMU Women’s Softball team swept a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference road doubleheader from Savannah State Saturday, winning the opener, 7-4, and running away with Game Two, 10-2.
The three-game series sweep positions FAMU (19-23, 11-1 MEAC) to clinch their second straight MEAC Southern Division title with just one win against archrival Bethune-Cookman in their regular seaso9n ending series in Tallahassee, Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29.
FAMU won Saturday’s opener, 7-3, in another extra-inning affair, clinching the series with a four-run eighth inning. The FAMU outbreak was keyed by a two-run double by Taylor Rosier, scoering Tyra Bowers and Shayla Boyd; an RBI single by Alexis Day, which scored Rosier with the game’s final tally; and a RBI sacrifice fly by Jamesia Stoudemire, which scored Hera Varmah with the first run of the extra frame for a 4-3 Rattler lead.
The Rattlers erased a 1-0 Savannah lead with a three-run second inning, thanks to Tyra Bowers’ RBI single, scoring Jamar Ridley, and two-run Savannah fielding eror, scoring Bowers and Varmah.
SSU scored single runs in the third and fifth innings off FAMU starter Veronica Burse (6-14), who turned in a complete game performance, allowing three runs on nine hits, with two strikeouts against two walks in eight innings of work.
Bowers led FAMU with four hits, scoring two runs with an RBI. Day added three hits and an RBI, while Shayla Boyd and Taylor Rosier each finished with two hits. Rosier also had a pair of RBIs as well as her seventh double of the year.
In the second game, FAMU broke a 2-2 tie, with a four-run fifth, keyed by a three-run homer by Hera Varmah for a 6-2 lead, then in the sixth, they added four more runs to end the game via the eight-run rule, thanks to a two-run double by Day, and a Toni Anderson RBI single.
FAMU finished Game Two with 14 hits, led by Yuri Hampton with three hits, followed by Bowers, Stoudemire, Day and Toni Anderson with two hits each. Stoudemire also homered and had two RBI along with Day.
Sophomore starter Kyaira Brown (13-9) won her ninth straight decision Saturday, allowing SSU two runs on four hits, with six strikeouts and just one walk in six innings.
WHAT’S ON DECK: FAMU will host the University of North Florida Thursday at 5:00 p.m.