Feb. 4, 2005
CLEARWATER - The Florida Atlantic University softball team fell to 0-4 on Friday after losing twice at the Clearwater Invitational. The Owls fell 12-0 to #4 Oklahoma and 7-1 to Louisville.
In the Owls' first game of the day, the fourth-ranked team in the nation proved to be too much as the Sooners won 12-0 in five innings.
For the third consecutive game, FAU found itself in a first-inning hole. The Sooners (1-0) scored twice, the first run coming via a Christina Enea RBI sacrifice bunt and the second on an RBI double by Heather Scaglione, her first of three two-baggers in the game.
Facing Oklahoma's senior ace, Kami Keiter, the Owls showed no fear in the bottom of the first, producing back-to-back, one-out hits from senior Christina Thompson and sophomore Danielle Arriaga. Keiter then struck out the next two batters to end the threat, however.
The Sooners scored again in the second inning before adding three more in the third, two in the fourth, and a final four in the sixth off Owls starter Ashley Greene (0-2), who surrendered 20 hits in her five innings of work. Thompson was 2-for-3 for FAU, who managed only five total hits.
Against the Cardinals, the Owls scored their only run of the day in the top of the first. Freshman Melissa Moore singled with one out and then scored when the Louisville second baseman threw wide to first base on a Jen Piazza ground ball.
A Candi Hicks solo home run to left-center off FAU starter Meghan Doonan (0-2) tied things up in the bottom of the inning and a Michelle Vasquez two-run double gave Louisville a 3-1 lead in the second.
The Owls almost cut that lead in half in the top of the third. With two out and Moore on second, senior first baseman Pam Mazzarella hit a double off the top of the right field wall. Moore rounded third but after a good relay throw, the ball arrived at the plate before Moore did, ending the inning.
Vasquez, who finished with five RBI, doubled the Louisville lead in the fourth with a two-run home run to left. The Cardinals then added two in the sixth to cap the scoring. Sophomore Catherine Bishop picked up the win, striking out eight.
The Owls continue tournament play on Saturday with a 2:30 p.m. game against Florida and a 7:30 p.m. game versus Appalachian State. Live stats will not be available for either game.
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