CLEARWATER, Fl. — The Florida A&M University softball team continued play on Saturday at the Clearwater Spring Break Invitational as the Lady Rattlers fell to Seton Hall, 11-6, and concluded the day with a 13-1 loss to Western Michigan at the Eddie C. Moore Complex.
Game 1 – Seton Hall 11, Florida A&M 6
Florida A&M (2-16) took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first, when Natasha Fox singled into left, scoring Jamesia Stoudemire, who reached on a leadoff single.
Seton Hall (10-12) grabbed the lead for good in the bottom of the inning, with three runs to stake to a 3-1 advantage.
FAMU scored once in the top of the third as Stoudemire doubled and scored on a single by Melkayla Irvis, cutting the SHU lead to 3-2.
But the Pirates tacked on a pair of runs in the third, two more in the fourth, and one in the fifth to extend their lead to 8-2.
The Lady Rattlers struck for two runs in the top of the sixth on an RBI double by Sydnee Worthy and a run-scoring single by Alexis Blasingane, cutting the Pirates' lead in half, 8-4.
Seton Hall scored three runs on three hits in the bottom of the sixth on three hits, extending its lead to 11-4.
Florida A&M closed the gap to 11-6 with a pair of runs in the seventh, one on an RBI triple by Destiny Cuevas, and final tally, when Cuevas scored from third on a wild pitch.
FAMU had four extra-base hits in the game – the triple by Cuevas, and doubles by Stoudemire, Worthy and Yurie Hampton. Stoudemire led FAMU with three hits in four at-bats, with two runs scored.
Kyaira Brown (1-1) got the start and the decision for FAMU in the circle, allowing seven runs on eight hits in three innings. Gabriella Williams came on in the fourth for two innings of relief, striking out one, while allowing three runs on four hits, followed by Nadia Zenteno, who worked the sixth inning, allowing one run on two hits, with a strikeout.
Game 2 – Western Michigan 13, Florida A&M 1
Florida A&M scored their lone run in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Seriah Brokenborough reached on a single, eventually scoring on a wild pitch.
Brokenborough had two of FAMU's four hits, with Brianne Hill adding a single, and Natasha Fox smacking a double.
Gabriella Williams (0-8) took the loss in the circle for FAMU, allowing 13 runs on 14 hits, with three walks and one strikeout.
Western Michigan (5-15) scored five runs in the first, four runs in the second and three in the third, adding their final tally in the fourth. The Broncos finished with 14 hits.
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Florida A&M closes out play at the Clearwater Spring Break Invitational on Sunday against UT-Chattanooga. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.