Tallahassee, FL - North Carolina Central avoided the three-game sweep of the Florida A&M Softball team as the Lady Eagles defeated the Lady Rattlers, 6-4 here Sunday afternoon at Messer Softball Complex in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference action.
FAMU (14-29, 6-3 MEAC) garnered eight hits in the contest as Brielle Gordon finished with three of them.
NCCU (4-39, 2-9 MEAC) finished the contest with a game high nine hits as Emerie Germ, Camille Hampton and London Germ, all finished with two hits apiece for the Lady Eagles.
London Booker (2-24) picked up the win for NCCU a she gave up eight hits, two earned runs and striking out two in her seven innings in the circle for the Lady Eagles, while Jennifer Lindsey (8-18) received the loss for FAMU as he gave up six hits, one earned run and striking out five in her three and two-third inning of work.
Ashleigh Minter made an appearance in the circle for the Lady Rattlers as she pitched three and one-third innings, allowing three hits and striking out one.
NCCU jumped out to a 2-0 lead as they scored a run in both the first and second inning with Nadia Jefferies scoring on a FAMU throwing error in the top of the first inning.
Then the Lady Eagles would use back-to-back triples in the top of the second inning with Markell Wylie, who tripled to leftfield in her at bat, scoring on a London Germ triple to leftfield.
FAMU would tie the game at 2-2 with both Robbielyn Roberson and Bianca Torres scoring on NCCU fielding errors in the bottom of the second inning.
NCCU would break the 2-2 tie in the top of the fourth inning on an Emerie Germ three-run double to left center scoring, Mae’Risha Watts, Jefferies, and Angelique Perricelli, giving the Lady Eagles a 6-2 lead.
The Lady Rattlers cut the Lady Eagles’ lead to 6-4 on a Gordon single to centerfield scoring both Tikeya Strong and Christina Robbs, for the finale.
FAMU will return to action as they will host Southwestern Athletic Conference foe Alabama State in a single game a Messer Softball Complex on Wednesday, April 24 in a 5 p.m. start in their annual Breast Cancer Awareness game.