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Softball Drops Two in Miami

March 14, 2003

Massachusetts 2, FAU 1 (Box Score and Play-by-Play)
California 10, FAU 2 (Box Score and Play-by-Play)

MIAMI, FL -- Florida Atlantic University began play at the FIU Blue and Gold Classic in Miami, Friday afternoon, against two nationally ranked teams. The Lady Owls (13-16) fell to no. 24 Massachusetts, 2-1, and were defeated by no. 7 and defending national champion California, 10-2.

Massachusetts (9-7) scored twice in the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead. FAU threatened in the bottom of the first before leaving the bases loaded. In the fourth, Callie Piper was stranded at second after a lead-of double.

In the sixth, FAU finally broke through with an RBI-single by Christina Thompson that scored Ebony Gray with two outs. That pulled the Lady Owls within 2-1.

Amanda Morin (6-9) suffered the loss. The freshman allowed both runs on just four hits in the complete game. She struck out five and walked five.

FAU outhit Massachusetts 7-4 but left eight runners on base. The Lady Owls failed to score in the first five innings despite putting the lead-off batter on four times.

Against California, FAU gave up 10 runs in the top of the third inning. Four errors resulted in nine of the runs being unearned.

FAU scored two runs in the fifth when Amy Bellisari's fly to center was dropped, allowing Callie Piper and Lauren Evans to score with two outs. However, FAU was unable to pull closer than eight runs as the game ended after five innings.

Candice Freel (7-5) suffered the loss. She allowed just one earned run on eight hits in five innings of work.

Florida Atlantic will next face Texas A&M and Syracuse Saturday afternoon.



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