BRONX, N.Y. – What a difference a day can make. After a disappointing afternoon on Saturday at the ESPN Citrus Classic, the Fordham offense exploded on Sunday morning, upsetting the fifth-ranked Texas Longhorns by a 9-7 margin.
Gabby Luety led the way for the Rams on Sunday, going 2-4 with two dingers and four RBIs. Michele Daubman and Chelsea Palumbo also hit home runs for Fordham.
Elise Fortier finished the day with three RBIs.
After a day in which the Rams failed to get a run across in a combined 10 innings of play, Fordham showed absolutely no signs of similar troubles early Sunday morning, tallying five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Texas put up a four spot in the top half of the frame, but a three run bomb off the bat of Luety and a solo shot apiece from Daubman and Palumbo put the Rams up 5-4 after one complete inning of work.
The two squads traded runs in the second, as Luety smacked her second goner of the day to preserve the Rams’ lead at one, 6-5.
Then, in the bottom of the third, the Rams loaded the bases and Fortier singled to centerfield and drove in all the ducks on the pond, extending Fordham’s lead to four, 9-5, after three complete innings.
Texas would score two more runs in the top of the fourth to tighten the Fordham lead to two, 9-7, but Jamie LaBovick was a stalwart in the circle in the game’s remaining innings. The senior from Peoria, Ariz., gave up no hits in the fifth, sixth or seventh innings, allowing Fordham to take home the victory against the No. 5 team in the nation.