March 2, 2002
MIAMI - In one of the biggest day's in Florida Atlantic University's athletic department's history, the Lady Owls softball team joined the men's basketball team with an upset victory of their own. FAU downed Auburn University 4-1 and then the no. 20 ranked Owls defeated Oklahoma, ranked no. 7 nationally 6-5 scoring three in the sixth and three in the seventh for the victory.
In the first game, Nikki Myers took to the mound to hold Auburn to just one run a solo homer in the sixth. Myers retired 10 by strikeout and walked just one in her 12 complete game of the season as the senior improved to 10-2 overall.
Offensively, FAU jumped on the board early when lead-off batter Ninya Ybarra scored on a Pam Mazarella single. The Owls improved their margin to 2-0 with a Heather Wright homer in the fifth. Two more runs were scored in sixth for the game's 4-1 final. Ginny Matthews also had a strong game at the plate for FAU with a two RBI double.
The second game was all Oklahoma until FAU's bats woke in the sixth. The Sooners scored two in the first, two in the fourth via a two-run homer to take a 4-0 advantage into the top of the sixth.
Wright began the inning with a single and advanced to second on a pass ball. She later scored on an error by OK second baseman which placed Mazzarella on first Callie Piper followed with a homer to left, her first of the season.
Down 4-3, FAU freshman Candice Freel returned to the mound to allow the Sooners to score one more run. All five OK runs were scored with two outs and four were scored after an FAU error or miscue.
With the scored 5-3, the announcement in the dugout was "we are not through" and the Owls were not.
Freel lead-off the inning with a single to right. Wright made it to first via an error by OK's shortstop. Pass balls, a single and a fielder's choice allowed the Owls to even the game. Myer's was intentionally walked to reach the Mazarella, the person who would make the Sooner's pay, with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Wright and the go-ahead run.
Myer's moved from the designated player to the mound to pick up her second save of the season and to retire the side in order. Freel improved to 8-1 on the season.
FAU improved to 18-3 on the season which ties the best start in the program's history.
The two team's will play in championship of the FIU Golden Panther Invitational 11 am, Sunday.
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