Feb. 8, 2003
MIAMI, FL - Florida Atlantic University extended its winning streak to three with a pair of victories Saturday at the FIU Invitational in Miami, FL. In the first game of the day, freshman Amanda Morin tossed a one-hit shutout to as no. 26 FAU blanked Florida International, 5-0. In the evening, FAU came from behind to defeat no. 16 Ohio State, 2-1, in nine innings. Callie Piper had the game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth in that game. The wins improve FAU to 4-5 on the year.
FAU's bats broke out for the first time this year as the team collected 10 hits in each game. Catcher Lauren Evans went 5-for-7 with two RBIs on the day, including 3-for-3 against OSU. Piper went 5-for-8 with two RBIs.
In the first game, FAU took a 1-0 lead in the first on a two-out single by Callie Piper that drove in Jessica Sachs. The Lady Owls scored two more times in the sixth as Jessica Braggins got things started with a lead-off double. One out later, Evans brought Michelle Shirah home with a double to make it 2-0. Evans would later score on a wild pitch make it 3-0.
Meanwhile, Morin was cruising. She took a perfect game into the fifth and a no-hitter into the sixth before allowing a lead-off single. She retired the first 12 batters she faced before Cyntia Turek reached on an error to lead off the fifth. In the sixth, FIU had its only threat by putting runners and second and third with no outs. However, Morin got out of the jam by retiring the next three batters.
Mazzarella hit her first homer of the year in the top of the seventh to give FAU a 4-0 lead. Later in the frame, Evans had a run-scoring single to account for FAU's final run.
Morin walked two and struck out three as she won her second straight decision. Kendra Lamanack (0-3) suffered the loss for FIU. She allowed five runs on nine hits in 6 and one-third innings.
Against Ohio State, FAU fell behind in the second inning when Karisa Evans hit a two-out single that scored Beth McAbier. In the fourth, FAU drew even as Evans reached on a one-out single. Amy Bellisari followed with a double to right center that scored Evans. OSU pitcher Kristi DeVries struck out the next two Lady Owls she faced to get out of trouble.
In the bottom of the ninth, Ebony Gray was placed on second to start the inning and advanced to third when Jessica Sachs reached on an error. After a strikeout, Mazzarella was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out. Piper followed with a single to right center that scored Gray and ended the game.
Candice Freel (1-1) picked up the victory for FAU. The sophomore allowed just one run on five hits in nine innings. She walked six and struck out one.
A day after FAU managed just 12 hits, all singles, in two games, FAU combined for 20 hits, including three doubles and a homer. With her four hits, Piper raised her team-leading batting average to .379.
FAU will face Florida International in Sunday's championship game at 1:00pm.
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