Feb. 2, 2003
TAMPA, FL - Florida Atlantic University concluded play at the USF "Louisville Slugger" Tournament Sunday and was defeated by host South Florida, 4-1. The loss drops no. 26 FAU to 1-4 on the season while the Bulls improved to 6-1.
USF took a 1-0 lead in the second on a one-out run-scoring double by Christie Chapman. The Bulls made it 2-0 in the fourth when Rachel Rosenbaum scored on an error.
In the bottom of the fourth, FAU pulled to within 2-1 on a one-out home run by Jessica Sachs. USF, however, secured the win with two unearned runs in the sixth.
Freshman Amanda Morin (1-2) took the loss despite allowing just one unearned run on nine hits. She walked one and struck out one.
USF outhit FAU 9-4. The homer by Sachs was FAU's first of the season. Ginny Matthews, Jessica Braggins, and Lauren Evans each picked up hits in addition to Sachs' homer. The Lady Owls finished with two errors while the Bulls had one. Corin Tassio (4-0) picked up the win for South Florida. She went five innings and allowed one run on two hits.
"With the situation we're in with our pitching staff, I feel pretty positive coming out of this weekend," said FAU head coach Joan Joyce. "I though Amanda pitched well enough today to win."
"All in all, we hit well at times," added Joyce. "I also thought our defense played well until today when a couple of plays really proved costly."
Candice Freel, FAU's top returning pitcher and last year's Atlantic Sun Conference Freshman-of-the-Year, did not pitch in the weekend tournament due to an injury suffered in the fall. She is listed as day-to-day.
Florida Atlantic next takes part in the FIU Invitational February 7-9 in Miami. The Lady Owls face Alabama and Ohio State in first round action on February 7.