TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Mar. 10) – Florida A&M University and James Madison University split a women’s softball doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at the FAMU Softball Complex, as visiting JMU won the opener, 7-4, before dropping the nightcap, 5-3.
In the opener, FAMU (8-9) scored first, tallying four runs in the bottom of the second for a 4-0 lead. Tara Vincent drew a bases loaded walk off JMU starter Heather Widner, scoring scoring Corinne Gordon for a 1-0 lead.
FAMU extended their lead to 2-0 when Tenisha Dixon singled to center, scoring Shayla Clark, before two more runs scored on a fielding error by JMU third baseman Haley Johnson.
The visitors plated two runs in the fourth, making the score 4-2, when Shannon Moxey lashed an RBI single down the right field line, scoring Jasmine Butler, who reached on a leadoff walk, before Haley Johnson’s sacrifice fly to left scored Ashley Burnham, who reached on a single.
JMU took the lead for good at 5-4, with a three-run sixth inning. Haley Johnson provided the decisive blow, scorching a two-run double down the left field line, scoring Butler and Moxey to tie the game, 4-4. Kaitlyn Barbour’s two-out single scored Melissa Hill, running for Johnson, for a 5-4 count.
In the seventh, JMU added two runs for the final tally, as Brittney Dyson scored on the end of a double steal for a 6-4 score, followed later by Jasmine Butler’s RBI single to right, scoring Courtney Simons.
Reliever Heather Dindinger (3-2) got the win for JMU in relief of Widner, scattering three hits and fanning two in five-and-two thirds scoreless innings.
Amanda Reyes (5-5) took the loss for FAMU, allowing six runs on six hits in six innings of work with six strikeouts and two walks, before being lifted in the seventh.
JMU outhit FAMU, 8-5 in the opener, led by Money with two hits, and RBI and one run scored and Haley Johnson, who had a hit and three RBIs.
Tenisha Dixon led FAMU with two hits and an RBI, while Arianna Stewart, Corinne Gordon and Joyce Harold each had one hit.
In the nightcap, James Madison scored single runs in the second and third to build a 2-0 lead. Caitlen Manning scored the game’s first run in the second inning, racing home from third on a wild pitch by FAMU starter Jennifer Lindsey (3-4).
JMU made the score 2-0 in the third when Megan Shinaberry, who reached on a leadoff single, scored on Ashley Burnham’s ground out.
FAMU pushed across a run in the bottom of the third for a 2-1 score, as Jasmin Donaldson scored from third on a fielder’s choice grounder by Tara Vincent.
The Dukes extended their lead to 3-1 in the fourth on Caitlen Manning’s RBI triple, while scored Courtney Simons, who had reached earlier on a fielder’s choice.
The Lady Rattlers seized control of the game in the bottom of the sixth, scoring four runs to vault ahead for good, 5-3, on a strength of an RBI single by Lindsey and run scoring doubles by Donaldson and Dixon, plus a fourth run coming home on a JMU fielding error.
Amanda Reyes came on in relief of Lindsey in the seventh, tossing a scoreless inning for her first save of the year. Lindsey (3-4) scattered 10 hits, allowing three runs in six innings with just one walk.
Heather Dindinger (2-3) took the loss for the Dukes in relief of starter Olivia McPherson, allowing two runs on three hits in one-third of an inning of work in the sixth. Heather Widner came on to work the final one-third of the sixth.
JMU finished the second game with 10 hits to six for FAMU, led by Simons and Manning with two hits apiece. Jasmin Donaldson led FAMU with two hits.