Feb. 20, 2005
BOCA RATON - The Florida Atlantic University softball team was simply no match for No. 8 Michigan on Sunday afternoon as the Wolverines defeated the Owls 9-1 in five innings to take the title at the FAU Classic. FAU finished the tournament with a 3-2 record, while Michigan went an undefeated 5-0. Senior Jessica Braggins led the Owls in the event with a .400 average, while junior Jessica Sachs scored a tournament-high eight times.
It was apparent from the first inning of the title game that the Wolverines had learned a lot about FAU starter Candice Freel after the four innings the senior threw against them in Saturday's finale. Jessica Merchant and Grace Leutele both had deep, extra-base hits off Freel in the first, leading to two of the three Michigan runs in the inning.
Michigan increased their lead to five in the third before FAU (4-13) got on the board in the top of the fourth. Christina Thompson led off with a walk and advanced to second on a Danielle Arriaga single. After reaching third on a fielder's choice, she then scored on a Braggins sacrifice fly to left field.
Meghan Doonan replaced Freel in the fourth and got two quick outs before the Michigan bats came alive again. Angie Danis scored on a Grace Leutele single to make it a 6-1 game and then Becky Marx completed the scoring with a three-run home run to right-center.
FAU will host Hofstra for a doubleheader on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. before heading to Columbus, Georgia for the NFCA Lead-Off Classic that begins Friday. The Owls will take on Creighton, Alabama and Oregon in first-round play. Creighton knocked FAU out of last year's NCAA regionals.