MIAMI (Feb. 18, 2012) - The FIU softball team registered two more victories in the Blue and Gold Felsberg Memorial on Saturday night at FIU Softball Complex. The Panthers downed South Carolina, 3-1, in the game one and then buried Villanova, 21-2, in five innings. The wins extend FIU's streak to four games as the Panthers improve to 5-4 on the season.
FIU struck first in game one, using a three-run third inning to put away the Gamecocks in a low-scoring affair.
Junior Alex Casals got things going by reaching on an error and moving to second on a fielder's choice by sophomore Megan Horne, who also reached safely on the play. Senior Ashley McClain then loaded the bases with a single and junior Beth Peller brought in the game's first run with an RBI groundout.
The crucial blow came moments later when freshman Shelby Graves delivered an RBI single, and a third run came across when the leftfielder had trouble scooping up the ball.
South Carolina responded with a run two innings later on back-to-back hits, but it would be as close as the visitors could manage.
Sophomore Mariah Dawson (3-1) was stellar for the Panthers, tossing her fourth complete game of the season as she allowed just those two hits in the fifth inning. Audrey Broyles (1-1) was dealt the loss as she surrendered all three runs in four innings of work.
The Panthers romped in game two, beating up on Villanova with two 10-run innings on the way to a school-record 21 runs. The 10 runs in an inning is also a school record.
Burri got the scoring started in the second inning with her first homer of the season, but the Wildcats quickly took the lead with two runs in the following inning.
Then in the third, the Panthers capitalized on a number of Villanova miscues to cross the plate 10 times as every starter in the lineup reached base at least once in the frame.
McClain recorded an RBI triple and Horne was the only player to notch two hits in the frame, scoring both times.
The Panthers posted 10 more in the fourth, capped off by freshman Abigail Tewey's first-career homerun.
Senior Jenn Gniadek started but was lifted after just 3.1 innings to make way for Graves (1-0), who made her collegiate debut in the circle for the win.
FIU wraps up with weekend with a 3 p.m. matchup against Jacksonville on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at the front gate of the FIU Softball Complex or online at FIUSports.com.
About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 17 different sports, and is a proud member of the Sun Belt Conference and an affiliate member of Conference USA (men's soccer). Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.
About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is worlds ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission and enrolls 46,000 students in two campus and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. More than 140,000 alumni live and work in South Florida. FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in 17 sports. In 2010 the Panthers won their first bowl game. For more information about FIU, visit www.fiu.edu.