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Softball Wins Tourney Title

March 14, 2004

FAU 1, Northern Iowa 0 (Final Stats)
FAU 1, Rhode Island 0 (Final Stats)

BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University captured the championship of the 2004 FAU Worth Doubletree Classic with a 1-0 victory over Rhode Island in Sunday's title game in Boca Raton, FL. Earlier in the day, FAU (26-11) defeated Northern Iowa, 1-0. Jessica Braggins was named tournament MVP after going 8-for-18 with two homers and six RBIs. The Owls have now won 11 of their last 13 games and have shut out six of the past seven opponents.

Against Northern Iowa (6-12), FAU needed just four hits to come away with the victory. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when Braggins led off with a single. After Amy Bellisari reached on a fielder's choice to advance Braggins to second, Callie Piper sacrificed to put runners on second and third with one out. Ginny Matthews then hit a sacrifice fly to center to drive in the game's only run.

Amanda Morin picked up the win. She allowed five hits, all singles, and struck out four with no walks. UNI did not advance a runner past second base as Morin improved to 11-5.

In the championship game against URI, Jessica Sachs led off the game with a bunt-single. With two outs and Sachs at second, Braggins singled to drive in FAU's first run and make it 1-0.

Ashley Greene (5-0) stayed perfect on the year with a three-hit shutout. She struck out four with no walks. The biggest threat she faced was in the bottom of the fifth when Megan Long led off with a double and advanced to third on a sacrifice. Greene then retired the next two batters on a foul pop-up and a groundout.

Greene also pitched out of trouble in the sixth and seventh innings as the Rams failed to score despite putting runners at second base with one out each time. FAU outhit URI, 8-3, as Braggins, Piper, and Lauren Evans all had two hits.



Florida Atlantic next hosts the FAU "Parents' Weekend" Invitational March 19-21 at FAU Field. In addition to the Owls, Akron, Florida International, Kent State, and Oklahoma State make up the five-team field. FAU faces FIU March 19 at 5:00pm followed by OSU at 7:00pm.
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