ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – The FAMU Softball team captured their third straight MEAC title Saturday afternoon, eliminating arch rival Bethune-Cookman, 8-1 in the second and deciding game of the tournament.
FAMU (27-28) dropped the opening game, 8-3 to the Wildcats (22-31), but unleashed a 12-hit attack in Game Two sparked by Kieifi Myrick, who had two hits, including a second inning solo homer, and two RBIs.
Jessica Nathan, Tashayla Irvis, Toni Anderson and Whitney Farris also had two hits piece for FAMU, with Farris, Anderson, Miesha McBride and Alexis Day each driving in a run.
Leading 1-0 after Myrick’s second inning shot, the Lady Rattlers scored six runs in the third to build a 7-0 lead.
The teams traded single runs in the fifth to close the scoring at 8-1.
Sophomore Veronica Burse (10-14) went the distance in the pitching circle, allowing one run off three scattered hits with three strikeouts.
Burse, native of Atlanta, Ga., was named the Tournament’s Outstanding Player, and she was joined on the All-Tournament team by teammates Alexis Day, Jessica Nathan and Kenya Pereira.
FAMU coach Veronica Wiggins was named Outstanding Tournament Coach for the 10th time in her 25 year career, after securing the school’s 12th title.