Saturday, February 18, 2017

Florida A&M Rattlers Upset Maryland, 5-1

GAINESVILLE, Florida – The FAMU Softball Team (1-8) snapped an early season slide here Saturday morning, knocking off Big Ten foe University of Maryland, 5-1 in their third game of the 2017 Aquafina Softball Invitational at KSP Stadium.

Senior pitcher Kenya Pereira (1-3) went the distance against the Terps (0-8), allowing one run on five hits, striking out three against no walks in seven innings of work.

Pereira scored FAMU’s first run in the top of the second, drawing a leadoff walk, eventually scoring from third on a fielding error for a 1-0 lead.

Maryland tied the game in the bottom of the third at 1-1, but FAMU clinched their first win with a four-run top of the seventh.

Shakayla Nixon scored from second on a Taylor Rosier RBI single for a 2-1 FAMU lead. Tashayla Irvis scored from third on a RBI fielder’s choice grounder by Amber Fullwood for a 3-1 lead.

Rosier scored from third on a fielder’s choice grounder by Jamesia Stoudamire for a 4-1 edge, then Fullwood tallied when Toni Anderson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded for the 5-1 final.

Whtiney Farris led FAMU with three hits, with Rosier and Miesha McBride each finishing with two hits, and Nachelle Watson and Irvis each adding a hit apiece.

FAMU was slated to play FIU at 3:45 p.m. Saturday evening, and close their appearance in the event Sunday morning against Northwestern (La.) State at 9:00.


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