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BOCA RATON, Fla. – (Feb. 24, 2019) – The Florida Atlantic University softball team (8-7) extended its winning streak to five games after a 3-2 win over UConn on Sunday. With a tie ball game going into the bottom of the sixth inning, a costly error by the UConn center fielder put the Owls up one run and that is all they needed to finish undefeated at the 13th annual Strike Out Cancer Tournament.
“We got the Sunday win even though it got a little scary toward the end of that game,” said Head Coach Joan Joyce. “We helped them out and they helped us out, so you have to have wins like that every once in a while. We are above .500 now and we are on a roll!”
UConn got on the board first following an RBI single by Alexis Lemus in the top of the second inning. The Owls responded in the bottom of the fourth inning when Lauren Whitt singled up the middle to score Samantha Lageyre. With runners on the corners, Angela Agurkis came up with her first collegiate hit to bring home Mia Olson and grant the Owls the lead, 2-1. UConn responded in the top of the sixth inning following an RBI single by Cutler to make the score 2-2. In the bottom of the sixth inning, the UConn center fielder lost the battle with the sunshine on a fly ball, which led to a run scored by Danielle Bieberle. The one run lead proved to be all the Owls needed to tally the win against the Huskies, 3-2.
- Freshman Skylar Whitty (2-0) picked up her second win of the season, pitching a complete game with seven strikeouts, no walks and just one earned run
- Whitt captured her third multi-hit game of the season. Lageyre also added two hits in the contest and had seven hits on the weekend, while batting .438
- Agurkis tallied her first collegiate hit with an RBI single to give the Owls the lead at the time
- Olson batted .500 on the weekend and scored in a run on Sunday
- The Owls outhit their opponents this weekend with 41 hits versus 26. FAU’s overall batting average on the weekend was .325 as opposed to their opponents’ .205
The Owls will have a quick turnaround as they gear up for the Carolina Classic this upcoming weekend. FAU’s game against North Carolina on Saturday will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. The Owls will return back to FAU Softball Stadium the weekend of March 8 for the Parent’s Weekend Tournament. Spectators may purchase a tournament pass for $20/pass, which allows fans to attend all 15 games of the tournament for a flat rate. To purchase a tournament pass call 1-866-FAU-OWLS.
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Florida Atlantic University Athletics:
FAU Athletics is comprised of 21 intercollegiate teams involving 450 student-athletes that compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, volleyball, beach volleyball, cheer and dance. The Owls are a NCAA Division I-A (FBS) institution and compete in Conference USA and the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) (beach volleyball, men’s swimming). The Owls have been playing football since 2001 and are a perfect 3-0 in bowl games, the most recent being a 50-3 victory over Akron in the 2017 Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl. The dance team finished its 2014 season No. 8, nationally. FAU cheer won a national championship in 2016.
About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of critical areas that form the basis of its strategic plan: Healthy aging, biotech, coastal and marine issues, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, informatics, lifespan and the environment. These areas provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.