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Owls Open Conference Play With Split

March 25, 2005

Box Score

BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University softball team opened Atlantic Sun Conference action on Friday night with a doubleheader split against Lipscomb. FAU won the first game 6-0 and lost the second game 1-0 on a sixth-inning unearned run. Junior third baseman Jessica Sachs was 4-for-8 with two RBI for the Owls who move to 20-24 on the year. The Bisons are now 14-13 and 2-2 in the A-Sun.

In game one, Jessica Braggins led off the second with an opposite-field double and scored three batters later on a Jenn Piazza single through the right side.

FAU showed off their defensive prowess with two well-executed double plays in the first three innings that preserved their one-run edge.

The Owls extended their lead to 3-0 in the fourth on a two-run single by Sachs that scored Jenna Lopez and Piazza. Both runs were unearned thanks to Lopez reaching on an earlier error by the Bisons third baseman.

The Owls scored twice in the fifth with the first run coming via a Piazza RBI double, her third hit of the game that scored Braggins. Danielle Arriaga scored on a Lauren Crandall fielder's choice to make it a 5-0 game. Another run in the sixth completed the scoring.

Piazza was 3-for-3 with two RBI and Sachs was 2-for-4 with two RBI in the game.

Game two was a pitcher's duel all the way as FAU starter Ashley Greene and Lipscomb's Sara Meek battled for nine innings. The two combined to allow only six hits in the game and Meek struck out 12 in picking up the win.

The only run that the Bisons needed came in the sixth. Kate Richards doubled and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Next batter Julia Davidson then grounded a ball to third that Sachs scooped up with ease. But instead of making a good throw to first, Sachs threw the ball into the ground and past Pam Mazzarella at first, allowing Richards to score standing up.



Sachs had a chance to redeem herself with two outs in the bottom of the seventh but Meek made a nice play on a comebacker to end the game.

FAU will have the weekend off, their first since January 22-23, before heading to Orlando on Tuesday to face off with UCF in another A-Sun match-up.

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