BOCA RATON, Fla. (Mar. 8) – The FAMU Women’s Softball team continued its’ improved early season play here in the Florida Atlantic University Invitational Friday morning, splitting a pair of one-run games at FAU Stadium. They defeated Yale University, 6-5 in extra innings, before a late-inning rally fell short in an 8-7 setback to LIU Brooklyn.
@ In Friday’s opener, FAMU took the early lead, 2-0, as a Yale throwing error allowed Hera Varmah and Kimiya Watkins to both score in the top of the third.
Yale plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning and in the bottom of the fourth to pull ahead of FAMU, 4-2.
But the Rattlers scored twice in the sixth, tying the game 4-4, on an RBI single by Kimaya Watkins, scoring Alexis Day, and Hera Varmah’s RBI double, scoring Watkins.
In the seventh, FAMU took a 5-4 lead, when Tyra Bowers scored on an RBI single by Kyaira Brown, but two fielding errors allowed Yale to score a run in the bottom of the fame, forcing extra innings.
Alexis Day scored the game winning run after being place on second in the tie-breaker, scoring from third on a Yale fielding error.
FAMU finished the opener with 11 hits led by Bowers, Varmah, Watkins and Day with two hits each. Day and Watkins both scored two runs, with Bowers and Varmah each recording one tally.
Kyaira Brown got the win for FAMU, pitching all eight innings, striking out seven, while allowing five runs on seven hits, with two walks.
@ In Friday’s second game, the Rattlers fell behind 8-0 by the fourth, as LIU Boorkly struck for a pair of runs in the first, five more in the second and a single tally in the fourth,
Freshman starting pitcher Brandice Boatwright got touched early, allowing six runs on five hits in one and a third innings, before being lifted for Kyaira Brown in the second.
Brown finished the game, working the final four and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on three scattered hits with a pair of strikeouts against no walks.
FAMU outhit LIU, 14 to eight, led by Bowers with three hits, while Varmah and Brown each slapped a pair of safeties in the second game.
The Rattlers began their comeback bid in the fifth, scoring one run on Brown’s RBI double, which plated Jamesia Stoudemire for an 8-1 score.
Then in the top of the seventh, FAMU scored six runs on eight hits to pull to within one, at 8-7, but they left two runners aboard when the game ended.
Kyaira Brown’s RBI double got the rally going, scoring Bowers for an 8-2 count. Seriah Brokenborough’s two-run single later scored Shayla Boyd and Stoudemire for an 8-4 count, then Alexis Blasingane lashed a two-run single to score Watkins and Varmah for an 8-6 score. Bowers then followed with an RBI single to score Jamar Ridley for an 8-7 count. Stoudemire grounded back to the pitcher to end the threat with two aboard.
WHAT’S ON DECK: FAMU (5-10) will continue play here Saturday at 12 noon against East Carolina, and later at 2:15 p.m. against Stony Brook.
Sunday’s schedule features a 1:30 p.m. matinee against Notre Dame.