Coach Veronica Wiggins knows the importance of winning non-conference games and improving as the Lady Rattlers prepare for their upcoming MEAC schedule. "I feel we are progressing as a unit. Progressing as a team and as a unit is more important than individual progression at this time. The unit is much more powerful than an individual and at this point, that is where our concentration has been," Wiggins said.
FAMU (14-20) finished game one with seven hits, while FGCU tallied six.
The Lady Rattlers were led by Alyssa Weaver as she went two-for-three from the plate to lead FAMU, while Mariah Fernandez, also went two-for-three from the plate to lead the Eagles.
Jennifer Lindsey (5-6) picked up the win for the Lady Rattlers as she gave up six hits, one earned run and struck out three in six and two-thirds innings on the mound. Addie Dozier (1) got her first save the season in the one-third inning, she pitched.
Shelby Morgan received the loss for the Eagles as she gave up seven hits, four earned runs and struck out four in six innings on the mound for FGCU.
The Eagles took a 2-0 lead as they scored a run in the first and third innings.
FAMU would tie the game at 2-2 as both Christina Robbs and Amanda Weaver scored on a Jasmine Donaldson single in the bottom of the third inning.
The Lady Rattlers would take the lead in the bottom of the fifth as Robbs scored on a Donaldson single, followed by a Kiefi Myrick single scoring both Alyssa Weaver and Donaldson, giving FAMU a 5-2 lead.
Fernandez would score FGCU's final run on a Lindsey Green single up the middle in the top of the seventh inning for the 5-3 final.
Wiggins is pleased with the cohesion and interchangeability of her squad. "We found over the last few games, I've seen us perform well as a team. I asked the ladies to make sure we played together from here out and that's what I expect," Wiggins said. She was also very pleased with the versatility of the new players she brought in. "When we went out and recruited these players, we expected them to come in and play. We hope we can put anybody anywhere to help the team. That's why we recruit versatile athletes to round out our team and have the skills that we need. All of them are capable of helping this team," she added.
Game two would prove to be a pitcher's duel as FAMU finished with three hits, while FGCU tallied four.
FAMU would have three Lady Rattlers to finish with one hit each, while FGCU had four Eagles to finish with one hit each.
Amanda Josie (6-3) picked up the win for FGCU as she pitched seven innings, allowing three hits, and striking out three in the 24 batters she faced. Dozier (6-9) received the loss as she gave up three earned runs and one hit in the one inning of relief.
FAMU took the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning as Ashanti Shepherd scored on a Tera Gainer single up the middle.
FGCU (21-17) would tie the game at 1-1 as Fernandez scored on a Kelsey Carpenter single in the top of the fourth inning.
The Eagles would take advantage of two FAMU errors to score three runs for the 4-1 final.
FAMU will return to action this Saturday as they will open Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play on Saturday, March 31 in a doubleheader against Savannah State in Savannah, Ga., at 2 p.m.