Miami Sports Day

Texeira Homers Twice as FIU Softball Sweeps LA Tech

File Photo by Richard Lewis / FIU Athletics

MIAMI – FIU senior first baseman Stephanie Texeira tied a career high with two home runs and FIU swept visiting LA Tech after a 6-3 nightcap of a Conference USA doubleheader Friday at Felsberg Field and FIU Softball Stadium.

After hitting a two-run homer in the first game of the double dip, Texeira now has a career-high 14 home runs this season, third-most in C-USA, and leads the league with 50 RBI. She leads FIU with 46 career homers and 188 career RBI.

“We came in nice and loose and feel like the postseason started last week,” said Texeira after the game. “We are playing with a chip in our shoulder right now, and playing for each other, and that’s the key for us to be successful – believing in the next player. When I hit the last homer and everyone went crazy and even Coach Tot (Tatiana Fernandez) picked me up… it was amazing. I can’t even put it into words.”

The sweep means Saturday’s series finale will be for second-place in Conference USA and a double bye and into day two of next week’s Conference USA Championships.

The lead changed hands four times until the Panthers were trailing 3-2 in the sixth. FIU got singles from the first two hitters in the frame before Texeira hit the first pitch she saw out to right center. Both homers came on the first pitch of an at bat for Texeira.

Sophomore pitcher Megan Kugelmann tossed six strong innings, scattering five hits and one walk for the win to improve to 14-4.

Freshman Shannon Saile entered the seventh with a runner at first and struck out the side to get her conference-leading fourth save of the season. After holding LA Tech to a one-hit shutout in game one, Saile finished the day with 11 total strikeouts and moved into second all-time in a single season at FIU with 206 strikeouts in her freshman season.

LA Tech’s Krystal De La Cruz took the loss, dropping her record to 10-2. The sophomore transfer allowed just six hits in five innigs, but her baserunners scored after a pitching change on Texeira’s second homer of the game.

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