Tallahassee - Raven Moseley’s two-out, RBI double scored Brielle Gordon with the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the FAMU Women’s Softball team to a 5-4 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory over South Carolina State Sunday afternoon at the Lady Rattler Softball Field.
In FAMU’s seventh inning rally, the speedy Gordon reached on a one-out double, scoring the game winner one out later on Moseley’s drive to left that just barely ticked off the glove of SCSU left fielder Nicole Sanders.
Sunday’s win increased FAMU’s hold on second place in the MEAC Southern Division at 7-4 (19-25 overall), trailing only archrival Bethune-Cookman (10-2, 20-28), which comes to Tallahassee for a regular season-ending three-game series next Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4.
South Carolina State (10-25, 3-9 in MEAC) remained in fifth place with the heartbreaking loss, leaving them out of tournament contention with one week left in the regular season.
Ashleigh Minter (10-10) got the win in relief of FAMU starter Amber Fullwood, who worked the first five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a pair of strikeouts. Minter came on in the sixth, finishing out the last two innings, allowing two runs on five hits, with three strikeouts.
SCSU’s Vianney Gomez (6-13) went the distance in taking the loss, allowing five runs on 12 hits with two strikeouts and three walks in six and two-thirds innings.
The Lady Bulldogs actually drew first blood, taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on Tiffany Harris’ two-run single, but FAMU tied the game 2-2 in the bottom of the inning, on RBI doubles by Fullwood and Miesha McBride.
Denise Anderson sacrifice fly to center put FAMU ahead, 3-2 in the third inning, scoring Christina Robbs, who reached on a leadoff single.
FAMU extended their lead to 4-2 in the fifth inning on Kieffi Myrick’s RBI single, scoring pinch runner Brittany Speer.
SCSU closed the count to 4-3 in the sixth, when Unique Whitehurst scored from second on Jazmin Robinson’s RBI single, then tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the seventh when Mikala Johnson’s double scored Nicole Sanders.
Denise Anderson led FAMU with three hits and an RBI, while Moseley and Myrick each had two hits and an RBI. Fullwood and McBride each had a hit and an RBI for FAMU as well.
Nicole Sanders, Makala Johnson and Unique Whitehurst each had two hits for SCSU, with Tiffany Harris driving in two runs.