March 22, 2005
BOCA RATON - The Florida Atlantic University softball team split a doubleheader with the Wisconsin Badgers in non-conference action Tuesday night at FAU Field. The Badgers (8-10) took game one 4-3 in 10 innings and the Owls (19-23) won game two 2-1. Junior shortstop Danielle Arriaga went 3-for-7 with an RBI double on the night and sophomore Ashley Greene won for the second time in her last three starts.
In game one the Owls took a 1-0 lead in the third. Senior first baseman Pam Mazzarella hit a sharp grounder that was well-fielded by Badger second baseman Athena Vasquez. Vasquez popped to her feet, but her throw to first went wide and rolled into the FAU dugout, allowing Mazzarella to advance to second.
Senior Jessica Braggins then ripped a single down the left field line, scoring Mazzarella. Shortstop Danielle Arriaga followed Braggins with a single of her own, but Braggins had to stop at third on the hit. The Badgers' second double play of the game one batter later ended the inning.
The Owls doubled their lead in the fourth when a Jessica Sachs single drove in Jenna Lopez from second. Lopez had earlier singled before being moved over to second by a Charlotte Baird sacrifice bunt.
After leaving a total of five runners on in the first five innings, Wisconsin tied things up in the sixth. The Badgers loaded the bases with no outs but had to rely on a loss of control by FAU starter Meghan Doonan to score as Chris Zacher scored on a wild pitch to cut the FAU lead in half. One batter later, Joey Daniels drove an RBI single to right to even things at 2-2.
The deadlock lasted until the top of the eighth when Zacher crossed the plate for a second time after hitting a home run to left field off Doonan.
FAU responded in positive fashion by tying things up for a second time in the bottom of the eighth. Sachs took a one-out walk and then moved to second on a Christina Thompson sacrifice bunt. Next batter Mazzarella then drove in Sachs with a single up the middle. The Owls almost finished the game off when Braggins singled to left, but pinch-runner Marlene Lopez was out by a mile at the plate for the third out.
The Badgers took the lead for good in the top of the 10th on a fielder's choice from Zacher. The Owls could not respond in the bottom of the inning, leaving a runner stranded on third.
In game two it was the Badgers turn to score first as they took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Ana Miller.
The Owls got all the runs they needed in the sixth thanks to back-to-back RBI doubles by Arriaga and Piazza. Greene allowed a lead-off single in the bottom of the seventh, but struck out Miller looking with the tying run on second to end the game.
Next up for the Owls will be Lipscomb on Friday night as FAU opens conference play with a doubleheader against the Bisons (13-12, 1-1 A-Sun).