Gainesville, FL - The FAMU Women’s Softball team had its 2014 season come to an end in the NCAA Gainesville Regional Saturday in a tough 2-1 loss to UCF at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
Farrah Sullivan’s two-run single put the Knights ahead 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning, but FAMU struck back in the bottom of the fifth, as Alyssa Weaver’s RBI single up the middle, scored twin sister Amanda for a 2-1 count.
FAMU (25-29) had a last chance to tie or win the game with two on and two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but this time Weaver was called out on strikes to end the game.
Freshman Tashayla Irvis led FAMU with three of the team’s five hits, while Mariah Garcia led UCF with three hits
After the game, FAMU coach Veronica Wiggins spoke candidly about her team’s performance, saying: “We said before today’s game that we would come in and compete against UCF. I’m proud that our young ladies came out and fought today,” Wiggins said.
“I realized after yesterday’s game (against Florida) that we didn’t have a single player who had ever been to a regional (FAMU’s last regional appearance was 2009), so they were overwhelmed emotionally against Florida. But they bounced back today and that should give us something to build on for next year,” Wiggins added.
Tashayla Irvis was complementary of how her teammates played Saturday, saying: “We wanted to prove that we belonged here, and we wanted to send our senior teammates off with a better performance than yesterday,” she said.
REGIONAL NOTE: The Knights (42-17) advanced to face Stetson University, which fell into the elimination bracket after a 14-0 loss to host Florida earlier Saturday. The winner will face Florida in the title game Sunday at 1:00 p.m.