ORMOND BEACH, Fla. (May 14) - The FAMU Softball team captured their third straight MEAC title Saturday afternoon, eliminating arch rival Bethune-Cookman, 8-1 in the second and deciding game of the tournament.
FAMU (27-28) dropped the opening game, 8-3 to the Wildcats (22-31), but unleashed a 12-hit attack in Game Two sparked by Kieifi Myrick, who had two hits, including a second inning solo homer, and two RBIs.
Jessica Nathan, Tashayla Irvis, Toni Anderson and Whitney Farris also had two hits piece for FAMU, with Farris, Anderson, Miesha McBride and Alexis Day each driving in a run.
Leading 1-0 after Myrick's second inning shot, the Lady Rattlers scored six runs in the third to build a 7-0 lead.
The teams traded single runs in the fifth to close the scoring at 8-1.
Sophomore Veronica Burse (10-14) went the distance in the pitching circle, allowing one run off three scattered hits with three strikeouts.
Burse, native of Atlanta, Ga., was named the Tournament's Outstanding Player, and she was joined on the All-Tournament team by teammates Alexis Day, Jessica Nathan and Kenya Pereira.
FAMU coach Veronica Wiggins was named Outstanding Tournament Coach for the 10th time in her 25 year career, after securing the school’s 12th title.
GAME ONE: B-CU 8, FAMU 3
Earlier in the day, Bethune-Cookman scored eight runs over a two-inning stretch to force the second and deciding game by an 8-3 count.
FAMU scored their three runs on home runs - a two-run blast by freshman Alexis Day in the bottom of the first, and a solo shot by Amber Fullwood in the bottom of the fourth.
Bethune Cookman took the lead for good in the top of the third at 4-2 on a two out grand slam by freshman Brianna Sanders.
Cookman scored four runs in the fourth inning to extend their lead to 8-2 before Fullwood's homer in the bottom of the inning.
Junior Kenya Pereira (15-15) took the loss, giving up seven runs on six hits in three and one third innings, with four strikeouts and three walks.
Sophomore Veronica Burse came in to work the final three and two thirds innings, of no hit ball, allowing just one unearned run.
Junior Tashayla Irvis led FAMU with two hits, scoring ahead of Day on her first inning homer. Denise Anderson, Fullwood, Kieifi Myrick, Nachelle Watson and Whitney Farris all had hits.