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MEAC Spring Carnival
Bethune-Cookman Wins Fourth Straight MEAC Softball Title

May 11, 2003

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Lady Wildcats of Bethune Cookman College won the 2003 Mid- Eastern Athletic Conference Softball Title today, defeating The Lady Rattlers of Florida A&M 6-3.

BCC (48-19) scored three runs in their half of the first inning when Amber Jackson doubled to centerfield to score Jennifer East. Darcy Villalobos doubled to left field to score Jackson from third. One batter later, Rachel Kilbert doubled to center field to score Villalobos.

FAMU score two runs in their half of the second inning when Neikole Royester reached first on a BCC error to score Kim Saunders from third base. FAMU scored their second run of the inning, when Eria Williams grounded out to second base to score Shatoya Johnson from third base.

Danielle Brown (19-12) started the game for FAMU, she pitched two innings, giving up four hits and scoring three runs. Monique Mattingly (7-6) finished the game for FAMU giving up two hits and three earned runs.

The starter for BCC was Lauren McCoy, who gave up one hit and one earned run in 2.0 innings of work. Katie Finn finished the game for BCC giving up one run and scattering three hits.

BCC scored one run in the fifth inning, when East grounded out to third to score Jackson, who tripled to center field in her previous at bat.

FAMU scored one run in their half of the sixth inning, when Javetta Dryer hit a deep fly to center field to score Mattingly from third base.

BCC scored two runs in the sixth inning on FAMU errors to score Jamie Tanksley and Chloe Thomas to give BCC a final score of 6-3.

BCC wins their fourth MEAC Softball Championship in a row (2000, 01, 02, 03), and they will represent the MEAC conference in the NCAA Softball Regionals.

All-MEAC Softball Tournament Team
Amber Jackson Bethune Cookman College
Yonetti Gwaltney Hampton University
Raven Rushton Florida A&M University
Eria Williams Florida A&M University
Danielle Brown Florida A&M University
Jennifer East Bethune-Cookman College
Lamia Scott Bethune-Cookman College
(Utility) Tiffany Bowser Bethune-Cookman College
(Catcher) Elisha Scott Florida A&M University
(Pitcher) Lauren McCoy Bethune-Cookman College

Most Outstanding Player
Amber Jackson - Bethune-Cookman College

Outstanding Coach
Laura Watten - Bethune-Cookman College

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