ORANGEBURG, S.C. (Apr. 19) – The FAMU Women’s Softball team (21-23, 12-0 MEAC) turned in a clean sweep of their three-game Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Southern Division road series at South Carolina State, winning 14-5 and 6-1 on Thursday, and 12-1 on Friday.
@ In Thursday’s Game One (W, 14-5), FAMU rapped out 12 hits in the bout which lasted six innings. FAMU took a 4-0 lead in the top of the second and never looked back, thanks to the pitching of junior Kyaira Brown.
Brown struck out eight against three walks, limiting SCSU to five runs on five hits in the opener, while she led the way for FAMU at the plate, going 3 for 4, with a triple and two RBIs.
After S.C. State scored two runs in the third to cut the FAMU lead to 4-2, the Rattlers scored a run in the fourth, four runs in the fifth and five runs in the sixth. SCSU scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to close out their scoring.
Jamesia Stoudemire, Alexis Day, Kimaya Watkins and Hera Varmah each had two hits and two RBI. Watkins’ two hits included a home run, while Day and Stoudemire each had a double.
@ In Thursday’s Game Two (W, 6-1), Brown came on in the third in relief of starter Brandice Boatwright, pitching four and one-third scoreless innings, striking out three, while allowing no hits. Brown allowed one run on three hits with three walks in two and two-thirds innings.
Offensively, FAMU struck early for two runs in the first, before SCSU plated its’ only run in the bottom of the second.
FAMU extended their lead to 3-1 with a fourth inning tally, and to the final 6-1 with three runs across in the fifth.
Third baseman Hera Varmah led FAMU with three hits and an RBI, followed by Sydney Worthy with two hits and an RBI, and Kimaya Watkins with a hit and a pair of runs batted in.
@ Friday’s Game Three (W, 12-1), saw FAMU from the start, as they scored single runs in the first and third for a 2-0 lead, before they broke the game open with five run rallies in the fourth and fifth frames.
Seriah Brokenborough led FAMU with three hits and four RBIs, followed by Alexis Day with two hits and a pair of RBI, along with Shakayla Nixon, who drove in two runs with a fourth inning double.
Kyaira Brown got the win in the pitcher’s circle for FAMU Friday, allowing one run on three hits in five innings, striking out three against one walk.
WHAT’S ON DECK: FAMU will close the regular season next weekend (Saturday and Sunday) in Daytona Beach against archrival Bethune-Cookman in a showdown for the Southern Division title.