FIU softball struggles continue

Jolson Diaz/Contributing Writer

The FIU softball team could not find their groove after being swept by the University of Louisiana Lafayette at Lamson Park on Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30.

FIU(21-19, 4-7 SBC) struck first in the first matchup as sophomore Krystal Garcia hit a single up the middle which brought in sophomore Shelby Graves giving FIU the 1-0 lead in the second inning.

UL (22-11, 5-4 SBC) answered back with a pair of homeruns in the bottom of the second inning. A solo shot from freshman Shellie Landry and a two-run homerun from Sara Corbello. The game ended in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Corbello hit a two-run single to right center field clinching the 10-2 mercy rule victory.

FIU freshman pitcher Corinne Jenkins (11-4) suffered her fourth loss of the season as she gave up five hits and four runs in two innings pitched.

UL 9-FIU 5

The second game of the double header did not go much better for the Panthers. UL senior Matte Haack started the bottom of the first inning with a three-run homerun to left field that gave UL an early three-run lead.

FIU junior Rachel Slowik got the Panthers on the board with a solo homerun in the third inning cutting the deficit 3-1.

FIU kept the pace up with a three-run fifth inning. Senior Amber Curry hit a two-run double and senior Brie Rojas hit an RBI single, cutting the UL lead 5-4.

UL put the game out of reach in the bottom of the sixth inning as senior Sarah Draheim and Landry each had RBI doubles that handed UL the 9-5 victory.

UL 7-FIU 5

For the Saturday afternoon game, UL wasted no time. UL scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning Corbello contributed to the cause with a grand slam over the left field wall.

FIU got two of those runs back with a two-run homer off the bat of senior Jessy Alfonso. Draheim answered right back with a home run of her own which gave UL the 7-2 lead.

FIU junior Mariah Dawson threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings for FIU, allowing just one hit. FIU was unable to come back, dropping their sixth-consecutive game, 7-5.

FIU travels to Monroe, LA next Saturday, April 6 to play Louisiana Monroe in a double-header set to start at 4pm.