FAMU junior designated player Toni Anderson broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the seventh when she belted a solo homer to give the Rattler women a 2-1 lead headed into the bottom of the seventh.
The Rattler Women took the early lead, 1-0 in the top of fifth, when Pereira reached on an error, advanced to second on a single by Whitney Farris. Pereira was lifted for a pinch runner, Shakayla Nixon, who scored on a Kentucky throwing error.
The Wildcats (1-0) used an RBI single by Katie Reed in the bottom of the fifth to pull even at 1-1.
Pereira (0-1), the Preseason Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, tossed five shutout innings against the SEC member Wildcats, blanking UK until the bottom of the fifth, when they pushed across a run to tie the game at 1-1.
She finished the game with three strikeouts and three walks in six innings, scattering 10 hits, while allowing four runs, all earned in Friday’s opener.
FAMU (0-1) had four hits total, Anderson’s solo homer, Alexis Day’s double, along with singles from Pereira and Farris.