Season Comes To An End For Lady Rattlers
The Florida A&M softball team saw their hopes of extending their stay in NCAA Tournament play end on a hot Saturday afternoon in a hard-fought 3-0 loss to FIU in the Gainesville Regional at KSP Stadium.
FAMU (23-32-1) finished the day with eight hits, sparked by senior Whitney Farris, who had two of the Rattlers hits.
The Rattlers, who trailed 2-0 after FIU scored single runs in the first and third innings, had a golden opportunity to break through in the sixth, getting three straight hits from Tashayla Irvis, Amber Fullwood and Toni Anderson.
Irvis tried to advance to home plate on Anderson's hit to right field, but was cut down at the plate. Shakayla Nixon, pinch running for Anderson, was thrown out at second on a steal attempt, then Alexis Day grounded to short to end the threat.
FIU (46-14) would score the game's final run in the bottom of the sixth.
Sophomore Tahlia Snider (7-4) took the loss in the pitching circle, despite holding FIU to just two runs on three hits, with four walks and four strikeouts in three and one-third innings.
Senior Kenya Pereira worked the final two and two-thirds innings, allowing one run on two hits in her final appearance as a Rattler.
Head coach Veronica Wiggins was complementary of her team's performance Saturday. "I thought we competed today. We wanted to prove that we belong on this stage, that yesterday's showing (against Florida) was not who we are as a team."