MIAMI, Fla. (Mar. 9) – The FAMU Women’s Softball team split a pair of games in the FAU/FIU Softball Invitational here Saturday afternoon, rallying past East Carolina, 7-5 in extra innings, before dropping a six-inning decision to Stony Brook, 11-1 at Felsberg Field.
@ In Saturday’s opener against ECU, FAMU fell behind 2-0 in the bottom of the first, before scoring twice in the top of the third on Alexis Day’s two-run single, to tie the game 2-2.
The Pirates took back the lead with a run in the bottom of the third, 3-2, but FAMU jostled back ahead, 4-3, on Hera Varmah’s leadoff solo homer, and Jamesia Stoudemire’s RBI ground out scoring Shakayla Nixon.
ECU plated a run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 4-4, to send the game to extra innings.
However, the Rattlers wasted little time in the extra frame, scoring three runs in the top of the eighth on RBI singles by Seriah Brokenborough, Brandice Boatwright and Tyra Bowers for a 7-4 lead.
But ECU scored a run in the bottom of the eighth on a sacrifice fly, but left the bases loaded to end the game.
Kyaira Brown went the distance for FAMU, allowing five runs in seven hits, with four strikeouts against two walks. Day and Stoudemire led FAMU with two hits each.
@ In Saturday’s second game, both clubs scored a run in the first for a 1-1 game, but the tide turned in the top of the third, when Stony Brook scored six runs on three hits to take the lead for good at 7-1.
SBU added a single tally in the fourth and three more in the top of the sixth to invoke the 10-run rule.
LeeAnn Hayes (0-5) took the loss, allowing five runs on three hits in two and two-thirds innings, with one strikeout. Brandice Boatwright came on in relief in the third, and finished the game with six runs allowed on seven hits in two and two-thirds innings. Kyaira Brown came on the record the final two outs of the sixth,
Athena Andrews led FAMU with two hits in Saturday’s second game.
ON DECK: FAMU will close the tournament Sunday against Notre Dame at 1:30 p.m.