DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 27) – The Florida A&M Softball team (21-25, 12-2 MEAC) dropped a pair of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Southern Division games to rival Bethune-Cookman, 5-0 and 7-1 Saturday at Sunnyland Stadium.
Saturday’s losses dropped FAMU (12-2) out of first place in the Southern Division behind Bethune-Cookman (13-1), with the regular season finale set for Sunday at 12 noon.
GAME TWO: Bethune-Cookman 7, FAMU 1: The Wildcats (22-27, 13-1) used a six-run fifth inning to seize control to the game at 7-0, after plating the game’s first run in the bottom of the fourth.
FAMU, which had been held to one hit through the fifth, a single by Jamesia Stoudemire, not another hit from junior from Lake Wales in the top of the sixth, leading to the Rattlers’ lone run scoring on a Wildcat error.
The Rattlers mounted a threat in the top of the sixth, loading the bases with two out but a strikeout left the runners stranded, and FAMU down, 7-1.
Stoudemire led FAMU with two hits, while Kyaira Brown and Sydnee Worthy each singled.
Freshman Brandice Boatwright took the loss for FAMU, after allowing six runs on two hits in four and two-thirds innings.
GAME ONE: Bethune-Cookman 5, FAMU 0: Taylor Rosier and Alexis Day had the only FAMU hits in Saturday’s opener, as host Bethune-Cookman took an early lead and never looked back.
The Wildcats scored two runs in the bottom of the first and two more in the third,adding a single tally in the sixth to account for all the scoring.
All-MEAC pitcher Alex Bermudez (12-18), was sharp for B-CU, striking out four while walking four in seven shutout innings.
FAMU’s Kyaira Brown (14-9) lasted until the third, allowing four runs on four hits, hampered by three Rattler errors. She was lifted for Brandice Boatwright, who allowed one run on three scattered hits, with two strikeouts over the final four innings.