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Lady Rattlers hold off UT-Chattanooga

Posted at 6:32 PM, Mar 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 18:32:59-04

CLEARWATER, Fl. — The Florida A&M University softball team captured its' third victory of the 2020 season, holding on for a 4-2 decision over UT Chattanooga during the final day of the Clearwater Spring Break Invitational on Sunday at the Eddie C. Moore Complex.


Florida A&M (3-16) fell behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning, when Reagan Armour drove in Emily Coltharp, who reached on a leadoff walk, before scoring all their runs in the bottom of the inning.

Jamesia Stoudemire opened the FAMU first by reaching on an error. She stole second, before Melkayla Irvis was hit by a pitch, advancing to second when Stoudemire drew a throw as she stole third. Destiny Cuevas drew a walk to load the bases.

Shontell Cliatt ripped a single to left, driving in Stoudemire and Irvis for a 2-1 FAMU lead. Cuevas advanced to third on a throwing error, then Cliatt stole second. Alexis Blasingane followed with a two-run single, scoring Cliatt and Cuevas for a 4-1 lead.

In the top of the sixth, Chattanooga (6-14) scored the game's final run when Gracey Kruse reached on a one out single, scoring three batters later on an RBI single by Emily Coltharp for the 4-2 final.


> Pitcher Nadia Zenteno (1-5) got the win, working five and two-third innings, scattering five hits and allowing two runs, with four strikeouts against five walks. Senior Kyaira Brown came on in the sixth to pick up the save, allowing no runs and no hits.

> FAMU had three hits in Sunday's win, while Chattanooga finished with five hits.

> Sunday's win ended a five-game slide for FAMU, which has played their last eight games on the road.


FAMU continues its long and winding road tour Tuesday at Troy. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.