Feb. 13, 2005
BOCA RATON - The Florida Atlantic University softball completed play at their own Worth Invitational on Sunday morning with an 8-2 loss to Boston College. FAU (1-11) left nine on base with junior Danielle Arriaga's fifth-inning, two-run homer accounting for both Owls runs. Later in the day, Georgia Tech won the event with a 2-1 extra-innings victory over Bethune-Cookman that featured three Yellow Jacket ejections.
The Eagles opened with two runs in the third inning courtesy of a bizarre series of events. With the bases loaded and one out, Jenna Macchi hit a bloop to center field that scored Michelle Daly from third. FAU's Jenna Lopez fielded the ball on the run and threw to shortstop Arriaga for the force at second, but Arriaga's attention was somehow diverted for a split-second allowing Kimmy Hopkin to take advantage and sneak home. Meanwhile, Macchi got greedy and was thrown out trying to advance to third, ending the inning.
BC added three more runs in the fourth off FAU starter Ashley Greene (0-3) thanks to a two-run double by Daly who then scored on a Hopkin single to center.
The fifth inning provided the two highlights for the Owls on the day. With one out in the top of the fifth, Macchi launched a deep fly to center field that Lopez initially moved slightly in on. The sophomore centerfielder then suddenly realized the ball was hit a little better than she had initially thought. She turned around hastily and after a short sprint, launched herself Jim Edmonds-style, catching the ball on a full dive towards the outfield wall. Arriaga's two-run blast off the palm trees in left field was the other bright spot.
A three-run deficit seemed a surmountable proposition for FAU with Eagles' starter Britney Thompson tiring, but the Eagles eliminated any legitimate chance of a seventh-inning comeback with three runs of their own in the top of the inning off reliever Meghan Doonan.
After the Owls' loss, Northwestern defeated BC 8-5, despite being down 5-0 most of the way. The final game of the day featured top-seeded Georgia Tech and Bethune-Cookman for the tournament championship, and the contest didn't fail to disappoint the reasonable crowd at FAU Field. With the score 0-0 in the third, Tech head coach Ehren Earleywine was ejected for arguing a call. His team then took a 1-0 lead before things got silly in the sixth.
With a runner on third, B-CC's Christina Trimble put down a squeeze bunt that appeared to land foul. Tiffany Bowser, heading home on the play, scored despite protests from Georgia Tech players and staff that resulted in catcher Savannah Brown and assistant coach Brandon Duncan being tossed from the game.
The game could not be decided in regulation and so the two teams went to the international tie-breaker to determine a winner. In the bottom of the eighth, junior Christian Sheridan drove in Aileen Morales for the Ramblin' Wreck's game-winning run. Sheridan earned herself the tournament MVP title with her efforts over the weekend.
FAU will return to action on Friday when they host their second tournament of the season, the Doubletree Classic. Other teams participating in the three-day event are No. 11 Michigan, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, and Rutgers. Play begins at 9 a.m. on Friday and live stats from all games will be available via the special tournament page on www.fausports.com.
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