March 10, 2004
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University swept a doubleheader with the University of Rhode Island Wednesday night in Boca Raton. The Owls won the first game 9-1 in five innings before shutting down the Rams, 7-0 in game two. Pam Mazzarella and Ginny Matthews each homered as FAU improved to 21-10 overall. FAU scored a total of 16 runs on 14 hits and allowed just one run on six hits. The Rams, which are coached by former Owl Christina Sutcliffe, stayed winless on the year at 0-13.
In game one, Jessica Sachs led off the bottom of the first with a double. She stole third and scored on the same play on a throwing error to give FAU a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, Candice Freel singled to drive in Mazzarella to make it 2-0. With two outs, Jennifer Cavanaugh added an RBI-double to account for FAU's third run.
FAU was back at it in the second. Sachs drew a one-out walk, and, with two outs, Mazzarella homered to make it 5-0. The home run was the junior's first of the season. In the fourth, Mazzarella added an RBI-single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Freel as FAU took a 9-0 lead into the fifth.
After the Rams scored a run in the top of the fifth, Sachs ended the game in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out single that scored Courtney Raney to give FAU the 9-1 win.
Freel (8-6) picked up the win. She allowed just one hit in four innings of work. She struck out five and walked one. Freel also went 1-for-2 with two RBIs.
Mazzarella went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Sachs was 3-for-3 with three runs and an RBI.
In game two, FAU took a 1-0 lead in the second on a sacrifice fly by Matthews. The Owls unloaded with six runs in the sixth. Jenn Piazza doubled with one out to drive in Jenna Lopez with the second run. After two runs scored on a fielder's choice, Matthews hit a three-run homer to give FAU a 7-0 lead.
Ashley Green pitched a complete-game shutout in game two and improved to 3-0 on the year. She allowed three hits and struck out six.
Sutcliffe is in her second season as the Rams head coach. She pitched for FAU from 1997-2001 and is second all-time in wins and appearances. She was the first Lady Owl to pick up MVP honors at the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament (1997).
Florida Atlantic next hosts the FAU Worth Doubletree Classic Friday through Sunday at FAU Field. The Owls will be joined by Rhode Island, Manhattan, and Northern Iowa. On Friday, FAU takes on Manhattan at 5:00pm followed by Rhode Island at 7:00pm.