March 16, 2003
MIAMI, FL -- Florida Atlantic University and Syracuse University returned to the field Sunday morning to finish a game suspended Saturday night due to weather. With Syracuse leading 1-0 in the top of the fourth as play resumed on Sunday, the Orangewomen held on for a 2-1 victory at the FIU Blue and Gold Classic in Miami, FL.
The game went into the fifth with the same score before, with one out, Jaime Melton lined a home run over the left field fence to tie the game at 1-1. The homer was the first of Melton's career.
Syracuse came back in the fifth to regain the lead on an RBI-single be Jennifer Orpitelli that scored Tanya Rose. FAU was unable to score again and fell to 13-18 on the year.
Amanda Morin (6-10) suffered the loss. She allowed both runs on 10 hits while striking out one and walking one.
One bright spot amid FAU's 0-4 showing at the tournament was Callie Piper. The junior catcher, who went 3-for-3 against SU, was named to the all-tournament team after going 8-for-9 from the plate overall. Piper raised her batting average to a team-leading .337 and extended her hitting streak to seven games. She is batting .769 (10-for-13) in her last five games.
Due to Saturday's inclement weather, Sunday's championship round play was canceled.
Florida Atlantic next takes part in the FAU "Parents' Weekend" Invitational, March 20-22. FAU will welcome Liberty and Manhattan to the three-team field. FAU hosts Manhattan March 20 at 4:00pm before playing Liberty at 6:00pm.
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