Jan. 29, 2005
MIAMI - The Florida Atlantic University softball team opened their 2005 season on Saturday in disappointing fashion by losing twice at the Sunshine State Softball Kick Off. The Owls fell 4-1 to Florida in the first game of the day before losing 3-2 to hosts Florida International in the day's finale.
FAU (0-2) managed only five hits in each game, with no player managing more than two hits on the day, and could not capitalize on five opponent errors.
Against the Gators, the Owls found themselves in a hole early when Fort Lauderdale product Savana Kelly hit a two-run home run in the second inning off FAU sophomore Meghan Doonan. A double steal in the next inning made it 3-0 Gators.
The Owls scored their lone run of the game when sophomore Jenna Lopez crossed the plate in the top of the fifth after a throwing error by the UF centerfielder, but FAU didn't help their cause further by leaving two runners on base for the second inning in a row.
Florida regained their three-run lead in the bottom of the fifth, and could have extended it further if two potential home runs had not been blown foul by the stiff breeze at University Park.
Junior transfer Danielle Arriaga, who was the only Owl with multiple hits, led off the top of the sixth for FAU with a single, but reliever Amanda Knowles then retired five straight to pick up the save.
Things started better for the Owls against the Golden Panthers when, after leading off the game with a triple to left, junior Jessica Sachs scored on a fielding error by FIU second baseman Lindsay Tippings.
The bottom of the inning quickly erased FAU's only lead of the day as FIU scored twice on a Marleah Stapf RBI single and a Jennifer Powell RBI double. The Panthers would add another run in the second inning off Owls starter Ashley Greene making the score 3-1.
FAU threatened in the fourth with two on and no outs, but the Panthers got out of the inning thanks to a nice snag by pitcher Kerri Houck which turned into a double play.
Next up for FAU will be a trip to the west coast of Florida for an appearance in the three-day Clearwater Invitational. Play begins Friday and live stats will be available on www.fausports.com.
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