TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 10) - Norfolk State avoided the three-game sweep as they defeated the Florida A&M University Softball team, 6-2 here Sunday afternoon at the Lady Rattler Softball Complex.
NSU (8-18, 1-5) finished with a game high nine hits, while FAMU (19-19, 2-1) tallied eight hits.
Tenisha Dixon and Tera Gainer both finished with two hits each to lead the Lady Rattlers, while Melina Valles finished with two hits for the Spartans.
Casey Pomeroy (4-5) received the win for NSU as she went the distance giving up eight hits, three earned runs and striking out four in seven innings.
Ashleigh Minter (1-1) received the loss for FAMU as he pitched one and two-third innings allowing six hits and five earned runs. Jennifer Lindsey also made an appearance on the mound for the Lady Rattler as she gave up three hits, one earned runs and striking out two in five and two-third innings of work.
The Spartans scored a pair of runs in the top of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead as Morgan Boyd scored on a Valles single to right field. Then Valles would score on a Candice Vasquez single through to the left side.
FAMU picked a run in the bottom of the first as Arianna Stewart scored on a bases loaded walk, cutting NSU’s lead to 2-1.
NSU would score four runs in the top of the second inning to take a 6-1 as Danielle Wright singled scoring Boyd. Then Vallles would hit three-run double to right field scoring Wright, Boyd and Kathy Cortez.
The Rattlers would pick up two more runs as they scored a run in the bottom of the fourth on Dixon double scoring Courtney Harold, followed by a Whitney Robinson single scoring Tera Gainer in the bottom of the seventh inning for the 6-3 final.
FAMU will return to action on Wednesday, April 13 as they will host Jacksonville University in a 6 p.m. start at the Lady Rattler Softball Complex.