Feb. 6, 2004
MIAMI, FL - Candice Freel threw a no-hitter and went 2-for-4 with two RBIs as Florida Atlantic University defeated Iowa State, 5-0, Friday in Miami. Freel (3-1) struck out nine and walked one as she picked up her second career no-hitter. In the evening, FAU outlasted Florida International, 3-2, in eight innings as Amanda Morin won her 17th straight game dating back to last season. The two wins improve FAU to 5-1 on the year as the Lady Owls are playing at the FIU DeLong Invitational.
The game against Iowa State was scoreless until the Lady Owls scored a run in the fifth, and two in the sixth and seventh to pull away. FAU banged out 11 hits with four players picking up two or more hits. The game was part of opening day action at the FIU Invitational.
Freel struck out the first five batters she faced and had a perfect game until she walked Misty Kimura with one out in the fifth. The only other runner who reached was Kelly Wardein in the sixth when she led off as a pinch-hitter and was hit by a pitch. Freel retired the last six batters she faced including two strikeouts to end the game.
The no-hitter was the 17th in FAU history and the first since April 14, 2002. Freel's other no-hitter came April 5, 2002, in a five-inning victory over Mercer.
At the plate, Jessica Sachs singled with one out in the fifth to score Jennifer Cavanaugh and put FAU on top 1-0. In the sixth, Jenn Piazza led off with a double and came around to score when Freel followed with a double. Later in the inning, Lauren Evans scored on a groundout by Cavanaugh. FAU tacked on two more runs in the seventh on an RBI-single by Freel and later on a fielding error.
The game against FIU also was scoreless until the fifth. With one out and runners on first and second, Pam Mazzarella reached on an error, and Jenna Lopez scored to make it 1-0. Piazza then followed with an RBI-single to give FAU a 2-0 lead. In the sixth, FIU tied the game on a two-run homer by Jacque Vetters.
In the bottom of the eighth, Piazza was placed on second and advanced to third with one out on a passed ball. She came home to score the winning run on a groundout by Cavanaugh.
Morin (2-0) allowed six hits and struck out six with no walks. Mazzarella and Piazza each had two hits against FIU. Mazzarella went 4-for-8 on the day while Ginny Matthews and Piazza each collected three hits. Cavanaugh and Freel both drove in two runs.
Freel and Morin combined to allow just six hits in two games. They struck out a total of 15 batters and surrendered just one walk in 15 innings of work.
FAU next faces two top-25 teams on Saturday. The Lady Owls take on no. 16 Oregon at 10:00am followed by no. 7 Georgia at Noon. The tournament concludes on Sunday.
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