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Christina (left) and Melissa Martinez wait in the dugout for their respective turns at bat. Ryan Lynch | Multimedia Editor

Double Play: Twin Owls leaving the nest

April 23, 2016

On a scorching hot Saturday afternoon in April at Florida Atlantic Softball Stadium, senior second baseman Melissa Martinez stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded while her older twin sister, senior center fielder Christina Martinez, watched on from third base.

Kylee Hanson picked up her 18th and 19th wins of the season during the Owls' series versus Marshall. Ryan Lynch | Multimedia Editor

Softball: Hanson, Wilson limit Marshall to one run in three-game sweep

April 17, 2016

Junior pitchers, Amanda Wilson and Kylee Hanson, powered Florida Atlantic softball to its seventh straight win by allowing a combined one run in three games against Marshall University

Do you know what sets Joan Joyce apart from your average softball coach? Ryan Lynch | Multimedia

FAU, are you informed?

April 12, 2016

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Kylee Hanson (left), Joan Joyce (right) and the FAU softball team are looking to win their second straight conference championship in 2017. Ryan Lynch | Editor in Chief

Kylee Hanson is learning from a living legend, coach Joan Joyce

April 5, 2016

Junior pitcher Kylee Hanson and softball head coach Joan Joyce are on two opposite ends of a very similar journey. Joyce is in her 21st season as head coach of the Florida Atlantic softball team, following a storied career in which she’s been referred to as the Babe Ruth of softball — she threw 150 no-hitters and 50 perfect games.

Head softball coach Joan Joyce talks to an umpire about a collision that had happened between second and third base during the Owls' game versus Penn State on Feb. 14.  Ryan Lynch | Multimedia Editor

Softball: Owls win two of three versus Southern Mississippi in conference home opener

March 26, 2016

Florida Atlantic softball entered this weekend’s series scoring 27 runs in its prior four games, but struggled to keep that offensive momentum as the University of Southern Mississippi limited the team to eight runs in three games.

Christina Martinez runs to first base after making contact during the Owls' game versus Penn State on Feb. 14. Ryan Lynch | Multimedia Editor

Softball: Owls lose their first game this season in 11-inning thriller

February 28, 2016

Florida Atlantic softball took its first loss this weekend at the FAU Invitational in an 11-inning game against Maryland on Saturday night, snapping a 12-game winning streak —the best start in the program’s history.

Kylee Hanson stares down the plate before delivering a pitch last season. Photo courtesy of FAU Athletics

2016 Softball Preview

February 17, 2016

Expectations have never been higher for Florida Atlantic softball than they are heading into the 2016 season.

Senior outfielder Christina Martinez comes in to score as the Owls’ second run of the game in the bottom of the third to give them a 2-0 lead. Ryan Lynch | Multimedia Editor

Softball: Strong arms help Owls sweep weekend tournament

February 14, 2016

Pitching paved the way for Florida Atlantic softball, as the team opened up its season with five straight wins over the weekend — its best start since the 2002 season. “I said [before the season started] the reason that we were picked No. 1 in the conference, I feel, is because of our pitching staff,” head coach Joan Joyce said. That staff — led by junior Kylee Hanson — gave up a total of three earned runs and 18 hits over 35 innings of play against the likes of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Hofstra, Wright State, Tulsa and Penn State.

Junior second baseman Melissa Martinez (3) is welcomed by her teammates after hitting a three-run home run on Feb. 8 vs LIU. Photo by Idalis Streat

Softball: Owls Eliminated in NCAA Regional Final

May 17, 2015

Making it all the way to the final day of play at the NCAA Regional, the Florida Atlantic Softball team fell to regional host...

versus Maryland on Feb. 15. Photo by Ryan Lynch.

Softball: Owls gain berth in NCAA Regional Tournament

May 12, 2015

Tension hung in the air Sunday night as members of the Florida Atlantic softball team sat at Tilted Kilt in Boca Raton. They had...

The team welcomes players at home plate after a three-run home run during the game.

Gallery: Softball coach Joan Joyce earns 800th win against Florida A&M

February 22, 2015

Max Jackson | Photo Editor Center fielder Whitney Farris (13) runs into a bunt that resulted in an out in the bottom of the first. ...

FAU softball coach Joan Joyce crafted her legendary career with her competitive will

Zack Kelberman

February 28, 2013

Take a stroll by the FAU softball stadium on most weekend afternoons and you’ll stumble upon a woman tending to a run-down concession stand. That woman is 72-year-old Joan Joyce, FAU’s longest-tenured coach –– 18 years running –– and undisputed architect of the school’s softball program. Yet, the same Joan Joyce who’s pitched 15...