GULF SHORES, Ala. (Feb. 9) – The FAMU Women’s Softball team struck for 15 hits here Friday afternoon to nudge past Georgia Tech, 8-6 in the 2018 Sand Dollar Collegiate Softball Classic at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex.
FAMU (1-2) scored the game’s first run in the second on a RBI double by Jamari Ridley for a 1-0 lead. In the top of the third, FAMU scored five runs for a 6-0 lead, keyed by an RBI double from Mackenize Woodard; an RBI single from Tyra Bowers and a two-run double from Edrienne Williams.
After Georgia Tech scored three runs in the bottom of the third, FAMU plated single runs in the fourth and fifth innings for an 8-3 lead.
The Yellow Jackets scored three times in the bottom of the seventh for the final 8-6 count.
Senior pitcher Veronica Burse (1-1) got the victory in the circle for FAMU, scattering eight hits and allowing two earned runs in six and two-thirds innings, with three strikeouts.
Leading the 15-hit parade for FAMU was Woodard, who went three-for-three with an RBI, followed by Bowers, who went three-for-four with a run driven in. Toni Anderson had two hits, as did Jamesia Stoudemire, who also scored two runs, while adding two stolen bases. Edrienne Williams, Yurie Hampton and Jamari Ridley each also had one hit, with Ridley adding and RBI.
Earlier on Friday morning, FAMU dropped a 19-1 loss to Virginia Tech in five innings, as Bowers and Hera Varmah combined for the two Rattler hits.
Varmah’s hit was a solor homer in the top of the 3rd inning for FAMU’s lone run.
Kyaira Brown (0-1) took the loss for FAMU, working into the fourth inning against the Hokies.
Thursday night, FAMU opened the season a 6-0 loss to Ole Miss, as Woodard and Bowers claimed the lone hits for the Rattlers, who played the Rebels close for most of the game, allowing just two runs through the first three innings.
Veronica Burse worked four complete innings with three strikeouts, before being lifted in the fifth for freshman Kyaira Brown, who pitched the final three innings, allowing four runs to Ole Miss in the top of the seventh.
WHAT’S NEXT: FAMU has two games slated in Saturday’s adjusted schedule, as tournament officials have shifted times to try and get as many games in ahead of forecast heavy rains.
FAMU will face Lipscomb (Tenn.) at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, followed by a 12 noon encounter with the University of Alabama.