FIU Sweeps Softball in Final Home GamesMay 4, 2003 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Florida International (35-24, 11-3 SBC) took the sweep over Middle Tennessee (32-19, 8-8 SBC) 3-2, 5-0 at Lady Raider Field Sunday in the final games of the Sun Belt Conference regular season.
Middle Tennessee dropped the first game of the day 3-2. Florida International got on the board first in the second inning when Lindsay Tippings scored Kristen Perry on a sacrifice fly RBI.
Erica Buhl put the Lady Raiders ahead 2-1 on a two RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning, which plated pinch runner Brandy Davis and designated player Jennifer Dorais. Florida International came back in the top of the sixth inning and scored two runs to re-claim the lead, the runs also snapped senior Stayc Preator's scoreless inning streak, which ended at 59.2. Preator did, however, record her 173 strikeout of the season in the seventh inning, which breaks her career high.
FIU broke open game two in the top of the third inning when they scored two runs and added two more unearned runs in the top of the fifth and added one more in the top of the seventh. Freshman Jennifer Dorais broke up FIU pitcher Amanda Nealer's attempt at a no-hitter when she hit an infield blooper to lead off the fifth inning.
Preator takes the loss in both games. She falls to 22-8 on the season.
Middle Tennessee will open the Sun Belt Conference Tournament on Thursday May 8 in Bowling Green, Kentucky on the campus of Western Kentucky. As the No. 3 seed in the tournament, the Lady Raiders will face No. 2 seed Florida International at 1:30 p.m.
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