Rough weekend for Lady Rattlers at UF


In the finale of the Lipton Invitational at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., Presbyterian College shut out Florida A&M’s softball team 8-0.

The Lady Rattlers (4-15) went 1-4 this weekend. They were able to bounce back from their first loss against Drake University, a 1-0 shutout.

The lone victory came Friday afternoon against Mount St. Mary. FAMU escaped with a 4-3 victory after Christina Robbs, a junior outfielder from Lake Worth, Fla., scored the game-winning run on an infield error.

Robbielyn Roberson, a senior catcher from Jasper Fla., said the team learned a lot from the tough losses and plans to get better in the long run.

“This weekend showed us some things we needed to work on to better prepare us for MEAC,” Roberson said.

The Lady Rattlers dropped both games on Saturday, including a 20-2 loss to the host Florida Gators. The result of the other game was a 3-1 loss in a rematch to Mount St. Mary.

Raven Mosely, a freshman infielder from Largo, Fla., had three RBIs. Brielle Gordon, a junior outfielder from Valrico, Fla., tallied four hits and scored three of the team’s seven runs in the tournament.

Roberson and Ashanti Shepherd, a senior outfielder from Moore Haven, Fla., added three hits apiece.

The Lady Rattlers left 24 runners on base and committed 13 errors over the series.

Despite the losses, Kieifi Myrick, a sophomore from Crawfordville, Fla., said the Lady Rattlers showed resiliency.

“We never gave up,” Myrick said. “We fought hard for every game”

Jennifer Lindsey, a senior from Jacksonville, Fla., pitched in all five contests, going 1-3 with more than fourteen innings pitched.

Lindsey said the team already knows what to fix before its next game.

“We are already prepared, we just have to come together as a unit and play Rattler ball,” Lindsey said.

The Lady Rattlers play the University of North Florida Ospreys on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Jacksonville.