Feb. 11, 2005
BOCA RATON - The Florida Atlantic University softball team picked up its first win of the season on Friday as the Owls split their first two games of the five-team Worth Invitational. FAU defeated Boston College 3-2 in an afternoon tilt before falling 1-0 to Bethune-Cookman in the nightcap.
Senior first baseman Pam Mazzarella led the way for the Owls (1-8), going 4-for-6 with a solo home run and two runs scored on the day. Senior Candice Freel picked up the win against BC in her first start of the season, allowing seven hits and two seventh-inning runs while striking out seven.
In the win over the Eagles, Freel looked good early on, managing to get out of two-on, two-out jams in both the first, second and fourth innings to keep the score at 0-0.
Her offensive support finally arrived in the bottom of the fourth courtesy of an RBI double to center field by senior Jessica Braggins that scored Mazzarella from second base. The Owls would add two more in the sixth on Mazzarella's first home run of the season and an RBI single by Lauren Crandall that scored senior Jenn Piazza.
Freel got the first two outs of the seventh before getting into some late trouble. Jenna Macchi tripled to right center, knocking in Jamie Ban Dijk who had reached on a fielders choice. Macchi then scored when Ashley Obrest ripped a double down the right field line. Just when the Owls' first win looked in jeopardy, Freel stepped up and struck out Britney Thompson looking to end the game.
In the day's final game, Bethune-Cookman, coming directly off a 2-1 upset win over Northwestern, stymied the Owls in a 1-0 victory for the Wildcats. The game's only run came in the first inning when Shaterra Davis, who had reached on a double, scored on a throwing error by FAU third baseman Jessica Sachs.
Owls starter Meghan Doonan and B-CC reliever Viveca Patterson battled for five-plus innings, but Patterson came out on top, forcing pinch hitter Jennifer Cavanaugh to hit into a game-ending weak fly to left with a runner on second base.
FAU will complete round-robin play on Saturday with games against Georgia Tech at 5 p.m. and Northwestern at 7 p.m. Live stats from all games at the Worth Invitational will be available at www.fausports.com, while daily tickets for Saturday and Sunday are only $10 for adults and $7 for youths and seniors.
Friday's tournament scores
Georgia Tech 6, Boston College 2
Florida Atlantic 3, Boston College 2
Georgia Tech 3, Northwestern 0
Bethune-Cookman 2, Northwestern 1
Bethune-Cookman 1, Florida Atlantic 0
Georgia Tech 2-0
Florida Atlantic 1-1
Boston College 0-2