Softball: Owls sweep FIU, remain atop Conference USA standings

Kylee Hanson, Amanda Wilson combine to allow one earned run over 21 innings.


Senior outfielder Kiley Southall stands in the batter’s box during the Owls game versus Louisiana Tech on April 3. Ryan Lynch | Staff Photographer

Brendan Feeney, Sports Editor

Florida Atlantic softball pitching staff led the team to yet another series sweep, this time over in-state rival Florida International University.

FAU’s (33-7, 10-2 C-USA) two junior pitchers, Kylee Hanson and Amanda Wilson, limited the Panthers offense to a total of three runs over three games.

Hanson threw a complete game in both of her starts, striking out 16 batters while only allowing seven hits and one unearned run. She entered the week with the second lowest ERA in the nation (0.75) and now has a record of 17-3. She also earned the save in the middle game of the series, her fourth of the season.

Wilson started that middle game. She allowed two runs (one earned) in six innings of work, picking up her ninth win of the year.

FIU (21-20, 7-8 C-USA) entered the series fresh off their own series sweep against the University of North Texas, outscoring the Mean Green 21-4 over a three game stretch.

The Owls will host Marshall University next weekend for a three-game series that starts with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 16 at 4 p.m.

Here is a recap of each game:

Game One: FAU 4, FIU 1

Hanson and FIU senior pitcher Corinne Jenkins both blanked each other’s teams for the first three innings of the game until the Owls scored two in the top half of the fourth inning.

Sophomore shortstop Emily Lochten, senior second baseman Melissa Martinez and sophomore first baseman Tatum Buckley started the fourth inning with three consecutive singles. Buckley recorded an RBI during the inning when Lochten scored on her single.

Martinez scored the Owls’ second run when senior designated hitter Kiley Southall reached base on a fielder’s choice.

The Golden Panthers scored their lone run of the weekend off Hanson in the fifth inning after sophomore catcher Alex Miller committed a throwing error.

Senior third baseman Carnesha Thompson knocked in junior right fielder Delaney Rickey in the seventh inning for FAU’s third run of the game. Senior center fielder Christina Martinez would score the fourth and final run later in the inning.

Game Two: FAU 3, FIU 2

The Panthers held their only lead of the weekend for one half-inning during Saturday’s second game.

After they scored one run in the bottom of the second off Wilson, the Owls scored three in their next turn at bat. Freshman left fielder Madisyn Palmer tied the game when Thompson singled to center field.

When Lochten attempted to bunt Thompson into scoring position, FIU freshman pitcher Megan Kugelmann threw the ball away, allowing both Thompson and Lochten to score.

Hanson relieved Wilson in the seventh inning in a 3-2 game with the tying run on base. She went on to record the save for the Owls, retiring all three batters she faced.

Game Three: FAU 4, FIU 0

FIU freshman pitcher Abby Summer and Hanson found themselves in a pitcher’s duel over the course of the game’s first five innings.

With one out in the sixth inning, Thompson and Lochten each earned a walk. Melissa Martinez then knocked a double over the center fielder’s head, scoring both runners.

Martinez then scored one batter later.

Freshman Samantha Lageyre, who was pinch running for Buckley, scored the Owls final run of the game on an Alex Miller sacrifice bunt.

Brendan Feeney is the sports editor of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @feeney42.