March 13, 2003
Florida Atlantic University came from behind in both ends of Thursday's doubleheader to claim a pair of victories over visiting Chattanooga. FAU (13-14) won game one, 4-2, before taking the finale, 7-5. The wins avenge a loss to the Lady Mocs earlier this season at the Speedline Invitational.
In game one, Chattanooga (16-15) took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth when FAU scored once on a fielder's choice by Ebony Gray. FAU tied the score in the fifth on a one-out triple by Jessica Sachs. Sachs scored from second on the next play when Ginny Matthews tried to sacrifice her to third. Matthews reached first on the fielder's choice.
FAU closed out the scoring in the sixth when Lauren Evans drove in a run on a fielder's choice.
Candice Freel (7-4) picked up the complete game victory. The sophomore allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits. She struck out two and did not allow a walk.
In game two, the Lady Mocs once again scored first. This time it was two runs in the top of the first inning. FAu got a run back in the second on an RBI-double by Evans. After Chattanooga scored again in the third to take a 3-1 lead, FAU plated five runs in the bottom of the third to take a 6-3 lead.
In the inning, Gray connected for a two-run double while Christina Thompson drove in FAU's fifth run of the game with a double. Later, in the sixth, with FAU leading 6-5, Thompson drove in the Lady Owls' final run with a sacrifice fly.
Freshman Amanda Morin (6-8) picked up the win while Freel secured her second save of the season. Morin allowed five runs, four earned, on four hits in 4 and one-third innings of work. Freel went the rest of the way and allowed just one walk.
Florida Atlantic next takes part in the FIU Blue and Gold Classic beginning Friday in Miami, FL.
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