Feb. 19, 2003
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University picked up a pair of wins against Hofstra University, Wednesday, in a home-opening doubleheader in Boca Raton, FL. The Lady Owls shut out the Pride, 5-0, in game one before taking game two, 6-2. The wins improve FAU to 7-6 on the year while Hofstra falls to 2-5.
In the first game, FAU collected three runs in the first inning, which would be more than freshman Amanda Morin (4-3) would need as she went on to throw a three-hit shutout. Pam Mazzarella started the scoring in the bottom of the first with a one-out single that scored Jessica Sachs. With two outs, Lauren Evans singled to score Mazzarella and Callie Piper which made it 3-0 FAU.
Meanwhile, after allowing a lead-off single in the first inning, Morin proceeded to retire the next 15 batters before allowing a one-out single in the sixth. By that time, FAU had added runs in the fourth and fifth to take a 5-0 lead. Morin allowed another single in the seventh before getting out of a bases loaded jam with one out with a pair of groundouts to end the game. Morin struck out four and walked one. The shutout was her second of the season.
In game two, FAU scored four times in the first inning. The big blow was a two-out, three-run homer by Ebony Gray that gave FAU a 4-0 lead. Much like in game one, the early runs were combined with superb pitching as Candice Freel (3-1) took a no-hitter into the fifth inning. She would end up allowing two runs on three hits to go along with seven strikeouts.
FAU collected a total of 17 hits in the doubleheader and allowed just six. Mazzarella and Ginny Matthews each had four hits while Piper had three. Gray and Evans each had two hits. FAU has now won three straight games and six of its past seven. Gray had four RBI's in game two.
Hofstra's Sara DeAngelis (0-2) suffered the loss in game one while Adrienne Clark (1-2) took the loss in game two. Stefanie Kenney accounted for Hofstra's only run production of the night on a two-run homer in the sixth inning of game two.
Florida Atlantic next hosts the FAU "Worth" Invitational beginning Friday at FAU Field. On Friday, the Lady Owls will face Rutgers Friday at 5:00pm and UCLA at 7:00pm. The tournament begins Friday at 9:00am and features FAU, Rutgers, UCLA, Florida International, Long Island, and Wisconsin.