BOCA RATON, FL -- Florida Atlantic University senior pitcher Jen Musillo threw a complete game one-hitter with a career high 15 strike outs to snap the No. 3 Texas A&M softball team’s 11-game winning streak with 4-0 victory on Saturday night at the FAU Softball Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla.
The loss drops A&M’s season record to 24-3 while FAU improves to 17-11 with the victory.
“This game was really frustrating for us,” commented A&M head coach Jo Evans. “I thought we had a really poor approach at the plate. Of all the games we’ve played, this was really a game where we just couldn’t settle in at the plate. We were very undisciplined which is uncharacteristic of our team. I’d like to see us more aggressive when we get pitches to hit. We chased way too many pitches, tonight, that were out of the strike zone.”
The damage was caused in the fourth when Owl right fielder Becky Brandies blasted a two-out, bases loaded triple to right-center field, to give FAU a 3-0 lead.
The only hit of the game for the Aggies came by Sharonda McDonald who lead-off the sixth inning with a bunt single. The hit extended her streak to 13 games.
A&M managed only to move three runners into scoring position during the game. Macie Morrow reached on an error in the first and stole second before back-to-back strike outs ended the inning. Jamie Hinshaw led-off the fourth with a walk advanced to second on a ground out before the inning ended, yet again, on back-to-back strike outs. McDonald made it all the way to third in the sixth. She reached on the single, moved to second on a ground out, stole third and was left stranded on Musillo’s 13th k of the game.
Gibson started the game on the mound for A&M and was lifted for freshman reliever Emily Shadow after Brandies’ triple. Gibson recorded her first loss of the season, moving to 9-1 in the circle. She gave up three runs on seven hits and struck out three. Shadow worked the remaining two and a third innings allowing one unearned run on two hits. Shadow struck out two FAU batters.
“Emily Shadow came in and did a really nice job in relief,” Evans said. “She came in kept the ball down and threw ground balls, which is exactly what we wanted her to do.”
The Aggies will meet the Owls for a rematch in Sunday’s championship game. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m. (CDT).
“We were never in the ballgame offensively and it showed,” Evans concluded. “Tomorrow we have the opportunity to play them again, which I look forward to. We really just need to be able to let this game go and get back on the right track.”
Texas A&M........... 000 000 0 - 0 1 1
FAU................. 000 310 X - 4 9 1
Win - J. Musillo (6-5). Loss - Gibson (9-1). Save - None.
HBP - by Gibson (J. Lopez). PB - Wunderlich.