MOBILE, Ala. (April 29, 2012) - Despite racing out to an early lead, the FIU softball team (25-25, 13-9 SBC) dropped the final game of the series, 7-3, to South Alabama (33-15, 15-7 SBC) on Sunday afternoon.
FIU got on the board first, posting a run in three-straight innings to build a 3-0 lead against South Alabama starter Hanna Campbell.
In the second inning, sophomore Rachel Slowik tripled with one out and scored on a squeeze bunt by senior Kelsey Grabiak. The Panthers added another run in the third when sophomore Erika Arcuri singled into left and eventually scored on junior Alex Casals' infield single.
Junior Brie Rojas then launched a monster solo home run to lead off the fourth inning, her sixth homer of the year. She now has 18-career long balls, just one shy of tying Tabitha Embry (2004-07) for fifth all-time in school history.
South Alabama responded with a seven-run fifth inning that wound up being the decisive frame. The Jaguars opened the inning with a solo homer by Alex Breeden and got another run on a bases loaded walk. Hayley Hopkins then lifted a grand slam to straight-away center and Breeden struck again with an RBI double a few batters later.
The big inning spoiled a solid start by freshman Shelby Graves who had allowed just two hits through the first four innings. She ended up being charged with three runs on four hits in the no decision as sophomore Mariah Dawson (18-12) was tagged with the loss.
Campbell worked all seven innings for the Jaguars, allowing just the three runs on seven hits to improve to 18-10. South Alabama also retains a two-game lead for second place in the Sun Belt Conference standings with two games left to play in the regular season.
FIU will return to action on the road against rival FAU on Friday, May 4, at 6 p.m. The Panthers will play the Owls the following night at home to wrap up the regular season.
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.