TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 6) – The FAMU Women’s Softball Team (15-22, 7-1 MEAC) split a critical Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference doubleheader with North Carolina A&T Friday evening, winning the nationally-televised opener, 9-2, before dropping the nightcap, 6-2.
FAMU (15-22, 7-1 MEAC) held a two-and-ahalf game lead over second place Bethune-Cookman, and three games ovr third place A&T after Friday.
In Friday’s opener, FAMU finished with 10 hits, led by Jamesia Stoudemire and Hera Varmah with two hits and an RBI each. Taylor Rosier added a hit and an RBI, Edrienne Williams belted a solo homer in the sixth inning, with Toni Anderson driving in a pair of runs as well.
Leading 1-0 after the first inning when Tyra Bowers scored on a Taylor Rosier single, FAMU boosted their edge to 4-0, with a three-run second inning. Hera Varmah scored from third on a throwing error, Jamesia Stoudemire lashed an RBI single to score Shotelle Cliatt, before Tyra Bowers scored on Toni Anderson’s fielder’s choice grounder.
FAMU then tacked on two more runs in the fourth for a 6-0 cushion, as Bowers scored on a throwing erro, and Stoudemire came home on an Anderson ground out.
North Carolina A&T (7-26, 4-4 MEAC) scored two runs in the top of the fifth, but FAMU got those runs back, plus one, with a three-run sixth, keyed by Edrienne Williams two-run homer with scored Taylor Rosier. Hera Varamah had an RBI double to score Brown for the game’s final run.
Pitcher Kyaira Brown (10-9) went the distance in Game One, scattering four Lady Aggie hits, striking out six against three walks.
In Game Two, FAMU again took an early 1-0 lead, with a fourth inning tally on a double by Hera Varmah, but the visitors struck for six runs in the top of the fifth off FAMU starter Veronica Burse (5-13) to take the lead for good.
Burse allowed six runs on eight hits in four and two-third innings, with a pair of strikeouts against four walks. Kyaira Brown came on in relief to record the final out in the fifth, and the final two innings, allowing just one hit, striking out three.
FAMU scored their second run in the bottom of the sixth, when Tyra Bopwers drew a bases loaded walk, scoring Brown. But FAMU left the bases loaded missing a golden opportunity to narrow the deficit..
The Lady Rattlers finished the nightcap with nine hits, paced by Yuri Hampton’s three hits, and two hits from Shayla Boyd. Hera Varmah and Tyra Bowers each picked an RBI in the second game Friday.
Game Three of the series will be played Sunday at 11:00 a.m., after officials elected Friday evening to move the game to avoid the rain forecast for Saturday.