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Softball Moves On To Semis With Win Over FIU

May 15, 2001 · MT Media Relations
LAS CRUCES, NM--Courtney Wallace hit her first homerun of the season to propel Middle Tennessee's softball team to a 2-1 win over Florida Innternational in the winners bracket of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. With the win, the Lady Raiders advance to play Louisiana-Lafayette at 9:00 p.m. (CDT) with the winner earning a birth in the tournament finals.

Wallace's two-run shot to left-center was only the third of her career as she had two of Middle Tennessee's seven hits.

Kip Phillips and Lisa Sherman also collected two hits in the game. Sherman is 6-for-8 after two games in the tournament.

"Coutney's homerun changed the momentum of the game," remarked head coach Karen Green. "That was a big key in the game for us to get on top first."

The Lady Raiders are now 35-3 on the season when scoring first.

The victory gives the Lady Raiders 40 on the season breaking the school record of 39 set by last year's team. Middle Tennessee is now 40-21 on the season besting the mark of 39-21 posted by the 2000 squad.

Stayc Preator started for the Lady Raiders pitching 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball before allowing a run in the seventh. Jennifer Martinez came on to record the final two outs earning her second save of the season.

"Stayc did a nice job of keeping them off balance," Green said. "Then Jen cam on a did a fine job to close out the game."

Preator allowed only three hits and one run although she did not register one strikeout for the first time this season. She improved to 17-9 with second win over FIU on the season.

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