FNU WINS BOTH GAMES OF DOUBLE-HEADER AGAINST AVE MARIA UNIVERSITY

FNU Softball Team PictureAve Maria, Fla. –  Florida National University softball team (5-3) faced the Ave Maria University Gyrenes on Wednesday, February 5th. Florida National sweep the doubleheader winning game one 6-3 and winning the game two by a final of 8-1 in seven innings. The contest was played at Ave Maria Softball Field, home of the Gyrenes, Ave Maria, FL.

INSIDE THE MATCH-UP: GAME 1

Matchup: Florida National University vs. Ave Maria University
Final Score: Florida National University 6, Ave Maria University 3
Records: Florida National University (4-3), Ave Maria University (0-1)
Location: Ave Maria Softball Field, Ave Maria, FL.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Gyrenes struck first in their season opener, scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning.
  • Kalie Romig led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch, and the senior proceeded to steal second.
  • Dariyen Varner laid down a bunt, and the errant throw from the third baseman allowed Romig to score the first run of the day.
  • Ave Maria added two more runs in the second inning with the aid of just one hit.
  • Brittany Blizzard started the action with a one-out single, and a hit by pitch by Abby Love put runners on first and second.
  • Morgan Grimm then reached on an error, which allowed Blizzard to score from second.
  • Paxton Hoop then drove in a third run with a bunt, which scored Love from third.
  • After five scoreless innings worked by AMU started Sarah Shepard, Florida National took the lead for good with six runs in the top of the sixth.
  • An RBI single from Nini Underwood got the Conquistadors on the board, and a two-run double from Valerie Ramano tied the game at three.
  • Florida National took the lead on an RBI groundout from Madison Bradshaw, and a pair of run-scoring errors allowed FNU to score two insurance runs.

INSIDE THE MATCH-UP: GAME 2

Matchup: Florida National University vs. Ave Maria University
Final Score: Florida National University 8, Ave Maria University 1
Records: Florida National University (5-3), Ave Maria University (0-2)
Location: Ave Maria Softball Field, Ave Maria, FL.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Game two saw Florida National score the game’s first five runs to run away from the Gyrenes, despite a 9-8 edge for AMU in hits.
  • FNU scored first, as a two-out error allowed Underwood to score after a pair of stolen bases.
  • Florida National added four runs in the second inning, scoring on two wild pitches and a two-run triple from Gabryella Hay.
  • he lone run of the second game for Ave Maria was plated in the bottom of the fourth.
  • Blizzard drove Love in with a single up the middle, cutting the FNU lead to 5-1.
  • FNU extended the lead with two runs in the sixth inning and one more in the seventh.
  • RBI singles from Makayla Peralta and Underwood provided the runs in the sixth inning, while the final of AMU’s six errors was responsible for the run in the top of the seventh.

WHAT’S NEXT:

Florida National University Softball team will now face Southeastern University for a double-header on Saturday, February 8th at 3:00 pm. The games will take place in Lakeland, FL.

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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).

The mission of the Florida National University Athletic Department is to provide assistance within an athletic structure that promotes the development of a well-rounded education through structured sport and competition, to develop life skills of discipline, integrity,  leadership, philanthropy and social responsibility, to elevate ethnic and cultural diversity within the athletic programs, to assure equitable opportunity for all staff and student-athletes, and to make the athletic program a durable source of pride for the student population, student-athletes, alumni, university, and community of FNU.

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