Softball: Owls win sixth straight after sweeping Strike Out Cancer Tournament games

FAU scored 23 runs during the four game stretch, while only giving up two.


Max Jackson

Emily Lochten hit three home runs over the weekend. Photo by Max Jackson

Hans Belot Jr, Sports Editor

After a consistent offensive performance this past weekend, FAU softball was able to win all four of its games in the Strike Out Cancer Tournament.

In nine games so far, FAU has scored 51 runs while only giving up 18, 15 of which came in the second game of a Feb. 9 doubleheader versus the University of North Florida.

Here’s what you need to know from each game:

Game 1 versus Tulsa (W, 5-1):

In the bottom of the second inning, sophomore designated hitter Mia Olson doubled to left field, which allowed sophomore first baseman Lauren Whitt to score the first run of the game. However, Tulsa would answer right back, as Shelby Estocado homered to right-center and scored Maddie Withee.

Junior shortstop Emily Lochten retook the lead for the Owls with a homerun to left-center in the third inning that drove in sophomore center fielder Madisyn Palmer and made the score 3-0.

FAU would put the game out of sight and out of reach in the fifth inning. Junior catcher Alex Miller and junior third baseman Tatum Buckley would each score a run after Olson singled to left field.

Olson finished 3-for-3, including three RBIs. Palmer, Buckley and Miller each added a hit.

Senior pitcher Kylee Hanson had 14 strikeouts while picking up her fourth win of the year for FAU.

Game 2 versus Toledo (W, 8-0):

In the first inning, Palmer reached base with a double to left field, then stole third and scored on a wild pitch to put the Owls up 1-0. Lochten would then hit her second home run of the night when she hit a shot to left field.

The Owls completely took control in the fourth inning, scoring four runs alone.

Palmer finished 2-for-3 while adding in two runs and Olsen added three RBIs. Senior pitcher Amanda Wilson shutout the Rockets for her first win of the season.

Game 3 versus St. John’s (W, 3-0):

Through another complete game performance, Wilson stranded seven baserunners, three of which reached third base, to throw her second shutout of the weekend.

In the bottom of the first inning, Lochten scored the first run of the game via a bases loaded walk. In the following inning, Lochten’s bunt single allowed Olson to score another run for the Owls to make it 2-0.

Senior right fielder Delaney Rickey continued the inning’s momentum when she knocked in the third and final run of the game on a sacrifice fly to center field.

Lochten and Miller each went 1-for-2 and had an RBI single, while Olson and sophomore second baseman Samantha Lageyre scored a run each.

Game 4 versus Savannah State (W, 7-1):

Olson finished off Savannah State with a complete game, five hit performance to earn her second win of the season. Olson gave up only one run while benefiting from a seven run game from her team.

Lochten would score the first run of the game after drawing a walk and stealing second, eventually advancing to third on a wild pitch and scoring on a Rickey sacrifice fly. Her team would go on to score four runs on five hits in the fourth inning to close out the game, including the first career home run for freshman catcher Kaitlyn Burke.

Every Owl that received an at-bat but Olson and Lageyre recorded at least one hit for the game.

The Owls will next host the FAU Tournament, playing five games from Feb. 24-26. The team will start on Friday, Feb. 24 with a game against UConn at 3:45 p.m., followed by a game at 6 p.m. versus Arkansas.

Hans Belot Jr. is the sports editor of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him at @Don_Phenom_.