Feb. 1, 2004
TAMPA, FL - Florida Atlantic University (3-1) split its two games on the final day of action at the USF "Louisville Slugger" Tournament Sunday in Tampa. In the first game, the Lady Owls survived in a 4-3 win, in 10 innings, over Bethune-Cookman. In the second game, USF defeated FAU, 5-0. However, FAU won the tournament by virtue of total runs allowed in the tournament.
Against BCC, FAU took the early lead on a two-out, two-run triple by Jennifer Cavanaugh. The Wildcats eventually tied the game with solo homers in the third and sixth innings.
In the eighth, with the international tiebreaker rule in effect, Bethune-Cookman took a 3-2 lead on a groundout that scored Amber Jackson. FAU countered in the bottom of the inning when Callie Piper singled with one out to score Ginny Matthews and tie the game at 3-3.
Neither team scored in the ninth, and FAU, behind Candice Freel, held the Wildcats in check in the top of the 10th. In the bottom of the inning, with one out, Matthews singled to left center to score Ashley Greene with the winning run.
Freel picked up the win in relief of Amanda Morin. She didn't allow a hit or an earned run in four innings of work. She walked one and struck out three. Morin allowed two runs on eight hits in six innings. Jessica Sachs went 2-for-4 in the game.
In the second game, USF scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and added two more in the fifth on its way to the shutout.
FAU and USF finished with identical 3-1 records in the tournament. Each team picked up a win against the other, so the determining factor in deciding the tournament champion was runs allowed. FAU gave up 13 in its four games while USF allowed 17.
Florida Atlantic next takes part in the FIU Invitational February 6-8 in Miami. The Lady Owls face Iowa State on February 6 at noon.