Athletics News
Owl Earn Recognition For Early Spring Performances
Amanda Morin

Amanda Morin

Feb. 12, 2003

The first week of spring competition brought outstanding performance and regional recognition to FAU's student athletes.

Winding up the Fall seasons Rhonda Jones and Krista Fine were named third team all-region by Soccer Buzz magazine, the leading soccer internet company. Additionally, Julie Ferguson earned all-freshman region honors. The three latest awards, announced February 5th, bring the total Lady Owl soccer accolades to 11.

Danny Core, a right-handed pitcher, opened the 2003 season with a five-inning shutout performance against Bethune-Cookman College. Core, a senior and Atlantic Sun Preseason selection, retired eight via a strikeout and walked no one. Core earned A-Sun Pitcher-of-the-Week honors and is scheduled to pitch against Florida International, 7 p.m., Wednesday, February 12. He is one win shy of tying the FAU career win total of 22 and is 12 strikeouts away from the 282 career strikeout mark. FAU is currently ranked no. 21 while FIU is ranked no. 25.

The Lady Owls softball team swept the Atlantic Sun Conference honors this week. Sophomore Pam Mazzarella was named the A-Sun Player of the Week while freshman Amanda Morin was named Pitcher of the Week. Mazzarella, a preseason first-team All-Conference selection, batted .412 in FAU's five games last week including two RBIs and her first homer of the season. Morin, in her fifth collegiate start, pitched a one-hit shutout in FAU's 5-0 victory over FIU. In that game she retired the first 12 batters she faced and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. In her 19 and 1/3 innings of work last week, Morin allowed just two earned runs. She also fanned 10 and walked just five. FAU has faced five nationally ranked teams in its first 10 games.

Not receiving regional recognition, but continuing to build upon her collegiate marks was Raynell Hagberg. Hagberg set the school record in the 800m with a time of 2:16.12 at the UF Invitational. Raynell finished 13th out of 36 runners.