Feb. 11, 2003
MIAMI, FL -- Lauren Evans hit a home run in the top of the seventh to lift Florida Atlantic University to a 1-0 victory over Florida International University, Tuesday night, in Miami, FL. With the victory, FAU improves to 5-6 on the year and has won three of its past four games.
FAU entered the seventh with just three singles against FIU starter Kendra Laminack. However, with one out, Evans lined her first homer of the season over the left field fence to put FAU on top. Ebony Gray followed with a fly ball that hit the top of the fence in left for a double but was later stranded at third.
Candice Freel picked up her first shutout of the season and improved to 2-1 on the year. She scattered eight hits, all singles, and struck out three against just one walk. Freel also did a terrific job of getting out of three jams throughout the game.
FIU (4-7) first threatened in the bottom of the third inning. Heather Taylor led off with a single. However, pinch-runner Carmen Lopez was promptly picked off for the first out. Meagen Dontrich followed with a chopper at the plate for an infield single. After Dontrick stole second, Stephanie Wolter singled to put runners on first and third with one out. After Wolter stole second, Freel retired Nicole Dubovik on a sharp one-hopper to Pam Mazzarella at first who threw out Dontrich at home. Freel got out of the jam when she retired Marleah Staph on a come-backer.
In the bottom of the fourth, FIU put runners on second and third with no outs. However, a line-out, a pick-off, and a fly out once again got Freel out of the inning unscathed.
In the seventh, Freel allowed a lead-off walk but ended up stranding the runner at third to preserve the shutout.
FAU mounted its first threat of the night in the sixth. With one out, Jessica Sachs walked and Ginny Matthews followed with a single up the middle. Pam Mazzarella followed with a groundout to first and Callie Piper walked to load the basis. Jessica Braggins then grounded to short to end the inning.
Laminack (0-4) picked up the loss for the Golden Panthers. She allowed one run on five hits in 6 innings while walking two and striking out four.
Florida Atlantic next takes on Hoftstra University, February 19, in a home-opening doubleheader in Boca Raton, FL.