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Jenkins’ pitching helps FIU softball salvage a split

The FIU softball team (7-5) split a pair of games in the final day of the FIU Invitational, dropping an 8-0 decision early Sunday morning to the Purdue Boilermakers before beating the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds 2-1 on Felsberg Field at FIU Softball Stadium.

FIU junior Corinne Jenkins (5-3) pitched a complete game in the Panthers’ second game, holding the Blackbirds to just three hits.

Senior Krystal Garcia’s RBI single in the first put FIU ahead.

Senior Shelby Graves (1-3) took the loss in the first game, going six innings and striking out two. Freshman Rachel Dwyer pitched the seventh inning and struck out one.

▪ Barry 12-11, Georgia Southwestern 3-2: The Buccaneers (8-3) won the South/Southeast Region Crossover Tournament in St. Augustine with a sweep of the Hurricanes (3-5).

In the first game, Hunter Mars and Megan Copeland keyed a 16-hit attack with three hits each. Haley Wiseman (5-1) tossed a complete game, allowing three runs — two earned — on five hits and striking out 13.

In the second game, Dee Espinosa, Kristina Osorio and Copeland each had a two-run double in an eight-run third inning.

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▪ Nova Southeastern 6, No. 11 Southern New Hampshire 3: Nova Southeastern (9-0) completed its third sweep of the season by using clutch hitting to pull away from the Penmen (0-3). NSU took a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, highlighted by a three-run homer by Justin Garcia.

That’s all the run support that Ryan Castellanos and Devin Raftery needed, holding the Penmen to five hits and striking out 12. Castellanos picked up his third win of the year, and Raftery got his second save.

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