March 20, 2003
BOCA RATON, FL - FAU scored more runs in one game than it had in almost seven years on its way to an opening day sweep at the FAU "Parents' Weekend" Invitational in Boca Raton, FL. The Lady Owls defeated Manhattan College, 15-0, before disposing of Liberty University, 2-0, Thursday at FAU Field. The wins improve FAU to 15-18 on the year.
Against Manhattan (1-6), FAU scored in each inning and capped off the victory with seven runs in the top of the fifth. The Lady Owls scored 15 runs on 16 hits, both season-highs. The runs were the most scored by FAU since the team posted 17 against Bethune-Cookman on April 21, 1996. It was the most lopsided win for FAU since a 20-2 victory over Bethune-Cookman on February 25, 1995.
Ginny Matthews was one of nine Lady Owls to collect at least one hit. The junior went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Amy Bellisari went 2-for-4 with three RBIs while Michelle Shirah and Jennifer Cavanaugh each had a pair of RBIs. Seven of FAU 16 hits were extra base hits, including six doubles.
Freshman Amanda Morin (7-10) picked up the win for FAU. She allowed just two singles, walked one, and struck out three in her third shutout of the season.
Against Liberty (6-13), FAU scattered six hits, but they were enough for the 2-0 victory. Shirah scored FAU's first run, in the fourth, on a throwing error. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt but was able to score when the throw to third was high. In the fifth, FAU added its final run when Matthews scored on a throwing error.
Sophomore Candice Freel improved to 8-6 with the win. The shutout was her third of the season as she allowed three hits while striking out seven.
Callie Piper extended her hitting streak to nine games after going 2-for-3 against Manhattan and 1-for-3 against Liberty. Piper increased her team-leading batting average to .348.
The wins ended FAU's season-long losing streak of four games. It was the team's longest such streak since March of 1999.
In Thursday's opening game, Liberty defeated Manhattan, 6-3. The three-team tournament continues Friday when Liberty faces Manhattan at 2:00pm. FAU will take on Liberty at 4:00pm before playing Manhattan at 6:00pm.