FNU SOFTBALL TEAM DEFEATS CROSSTOWN RIVALS ST. THOMAS IN HISTORICAL SEASON OPENER

FNU Softball team after the game against St. Thomas UniversityMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (January 31, 2020) – Florida National University softball team (2-0) began their season winning both games of a doubleheader against St. Thomas University (0-2) on Friday evening from Colonel Jacquelin J. Kelly Field, home of the St. Thomas University Bobcats.

INSIDE THE MATCH-UP: GAME 1

Matchup: Florida National University vs. St. Thomas University
Final Score: Florida National University 5, St. Thomas University 1,
Records: Florida National University (1-0), St. Thomas University (0-1)

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Posted by Florida National University Athletics on Friday, January 31, 2020

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Florida National claimed their first lead of the game, scoring on a throwing error, following a stolen base.
  • The Conquistadors added another run in the top of the fourth inning, with an RBI groundout to take a 2-0 lead.
  • Uribe became the first Bobcat to reach first base, in the bottom of the fourth inning, on a hit-by-pitch to end the FNU perfect game attempt.
  • FNU added another run with a solo home run in the top of the fifth, extending their lead to 3-0.
  • Lucia Esposito entered the game as a pinch-hitter and got STU on the board, singling to right field to drive in Artiles.
  • Florida National added two more runs, on a two-run double, as the Conquistadors now lead 5-1.
  • STU went down in order in the bottom of the seventh, losing the season opener, 5-1.

INSIDE THE MATCH-UP: GAME 2

Matchup: Florida National University vs. St. Thomas University
Final Score: Florida National University 10, St. Thomas University 6
Records: Florida National University (2-0), St. Thomas University (0-2)

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Posted by Florida National University Athletics on Friday, January 31, 2020

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • FNU led off the top of the second inning with a solo home run, tying the game 1-1.
  • The game remained tied 1-1 until the top of the fourth inning; the Conquistadors scored two more on a two-run home run to take a 3-1 advantage.
  • The Bobcats responded with a four-run bottom of the fourth inning; Esposito doubled to left-center, bringing in Artiles and Defalco to tie the game; Descheene singled to score Esposito, and Uribe singled to bring in Campos, giving St. Thomas a 5-3 lead.
  • Florida National battled for a four-run inning of their own, as two consecutive two-out hits led to two-runs and the go-ahead run scoring on a wild pitch.
  • FNU scored three more runs, two in the sixth inning and one in the seventh to extend their lead to 10-6.
  • St. Thomas went down 1-2-3 in the seventh, losing game two of the doubleheader, 10-6.

Florida National University Softball Head Coach said: ” We played fundamentally sound Softball with limited mistakes. The girls have been ready to play for months and it showed on the field Friday night. Great fielding, Great pitching and no errors that’s what wins Ballgames.”

WHAT’S NEXT:

Florida National University men and women’s tennis team will now face College of Coastal Georgia for a double-header on Sunday, February 2nd at 1:00 pm. The game will take place at Brownwick, GA.

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Ruy Castelo Branco – FNU – Sports Information Director


About FNU: Florida National University opened its first class on January 4th, 1988, in the city of Hialeah, Florida, as Florida International Institute under the administration of Dr. José Regueiro, Dr. María C. Regueiro, and Mr. Omar Sánchez. FNU Athletic Department has more than 250 student-athletes in 11 different sports. Established in 2013, FNU Athletics is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).

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