MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (April 18, 2012) - Despite outhitting its opponent, the FIU softball team (24-20, 12-7 SBC) was defeated, 2-1, by Middle Tennessee (13-27, 3-12 SBC) in nine innings on Wednesday afternoon. FIU still won the series against the Blue Raiders, taking two games yesterday.
The Panthers had their chances to take the game, stranding 10 runners and going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Their best chance to score the go-ahead run came in the top of the seventh, but sophomore Erika Arcuri was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a grounder off the bat of senior Ashley McClain.
The Blue Raiders picked up the winning run in the ninth, getting an unearned run on Kristi Marquez's RBI single that scored Samantha Nieves, who reached on an error.
Middle Tennessee also opened the scoring in the fourth inning when Kelsey Woodruff smacked an RBI double.
FIU responded in the fifth, getting a run on junior Jessy Alfonso's RBI single.
Sophomore Mariah Dawson started for the Panthers and turned in four innings for a no decision, allowing the one run on two hits. Senior Jenn Gniadek (7-8) took over and went the rest of the way, as she was charged with the loss after allowing another run on three hits.
Caty Jutson picked up the win in relief, scattering three hits and working out of several jams to improve to 6-14 on the year.
The Panthers will now take a short break from Sun Belt Conference play and head to Gainesville, Fla., for a three-game set against No. 4 Florida. The teams will play a doubleheader on Friday, April 20, starting at 4 p.m. and the series will wrap up on Saturday at 1 p.m. Gametracker will be provided through FIUSports.com and fans can follow the Panthers on Twitter (Twitter.com/FIUSoftball) for in-game updates.
About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 18 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 nearly 48,000 students in two campuses 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 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit www.fiu.edu.