DENTON, Tx.- After a complete game domination and shut out from Cara Goodwin yesterday, softball will face No. 22 FAU this afternoon at 2:30 pm.
A Look at the FAU Owls
Pitching is the most dominate part of the FAU team that has lead them to a 47-7 (22-2) season. They have also won 18 CUSA games in a row – not counting their win yesterday against Louisiana Tech. FAU’s team ERA is an incredibly low 1.09. They also lead the league in strike outs at 398, which is over 50 more strikeouts than the next team. Opponents are only batting .170 against the pitching.
They have two starters that almost split the duty equally. Kaylee Hanson started yesterday and La Tech was able to figure her out. She was tagged for 4 hits and 4 runs in a complete game. Coming in to the tournament she had an ERA of just 0.64. The other starter, Amanda Wilson, might get the call today to face UAB. She has an ERA of 1.68 with opponents hitting .224 off of her.
The two teams match up fairly well offensively and defensively. FAU comes in batting .303 as a team. However, their slugging percentage is .411, which shows that they do have some power in the lineup, but they like to score by trading singles and occasional doubles. FAU’s leads the league in defense. Their fielding percentage is .977, but UAB is not far behind in third place with a .972.
UAB will probably go with two pitching options today. My guess would be that Coach Townsend stays with the hot hand of Cara Goodwin. She threw a complete game shut out yesterday with only 2 hits and 4 strikeouts. Madison Hir could also pitch as she has been masterful as of late in the season.
Look for a lot of small ball from UAB today. There will not be many opportunities for base runners today, so UAB will have to us their great ability of laying down sac bunts to get runners a chance to score.
Good luck today ladies and Go Blazers!