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Softball falls in doubleheader to FAU

Vander Lugt one earned run in two games

May 1, 2010 · Christian Lemon

BOCA RATON, Fla. -The Middle Tennessee softball team could not take advantage of two outstanding pitching performances by Lindsey Vander Lugt as the team dropped a Saturday conference doubleheader to FAU to fall to 19-27 on the season, 5-16 in conference. Florida Atlantic advances to 25-23, 10-9 in Sun Belt play.

The Owls pitchers stymied the Blue Raider bats for two 2-0 victories.

In the first game, Middle Tennessee totaled four hits and three crucial errors, while leaving five runners on base. FAU's two runs came off five hits. The Owls had no errors and left four runners on base.

Lindsey Vander Lugt was saddled with her 16th loss of the season in the complete game effort. The senior allowed just one earned run and struck out five batters, while allowing one walk.

Kelsey Dortch smacked her seventh double of the season in the first inning. Dortch's seven doubles lead the Blue Raiders.

Corrie Abel's hitting streak moved to 15 games, when she slapped a ball to the third baseman and used her speed to beat the throw for the single. The streak would end at 15 after she failed to reach safely in the second game.

Vander Lugt battled through a jam in the second inning after FAU's Brittany Walker reached first on a wild pitch strikeout to load the bases. The Olympia, Wash., native worked through a six pitch at bat to get the fly out and keep the Owls off the board.

The game would remain a stalemate until the fifth when Florida Atlantic plated Brittany Walker on a Jessi Couch error giving the Owls a 1-0 lead. FAU extended the lead to 2-0 in the sixth, when Kim Petrovich was driven in by Joshlyn Martinez. The game ended 2-0.

In the night cap, Middle Tennessee dug themselves into an early hole, when they gave up fielding errors to the first two FAU batters of the game. The Owls capitalized on the errors scoring the only two runs of the contest.

The Blue Raiders had three hits, three errors and left six runners on base. The Owls tallied nine hits, one error and left nine on base.

Vander Lugt allowed no earned runs, struck out five batters, and allowed one walk. She moves to 17-17 with a 2.46 ERA and 177 strikeouts on the season.

The teams will play the series finale tomorrow at noon EST. Live stats and full coverage will be available on GoBlueRaiders.com.

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