March 31, 2005
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Sophomore right-handers Meghan Doonan, Ashley Greene and Tara Grady combined for back-to-back shutouts Thursday night as the Florida Atlantic University softball team swept an Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader from Belmont. Doonan struck out eight in the six inning, 8-0 game one win by the Owls (23-25, 2-2 A-Sun) and then Greene and Grady allowed only three hits in the five-inning, 9-0 game two victory over the Bruins (9-17, 0-2).
Offensively for the Owls on the night, junior Jennifer Cavanaugh was 3-for-4 with an RBI, freshman catcher Charlotte Baird was 2-for-3 with two RBI and sophomore Jenna Lopez was 3-for-5 with three runs scored.
In game one, Belmont threatened first when Heather Grossnickle led off the second with a triple to right center. Next batter Sara Peeples drove a fly ball to right that looked deep enough to score Grossnickle but a superb throw from FAU right fielder Lauren Crandall nailed her at the plate.
Doonan and her opposite number Angie Hoeye traded scoreless half-innings until the bottom of the fifth when the Owls' offense exploded for six runs.
With the bases loaded and no outs, Baird laced a two-run single down the left field line that scored Crandall and Jenn Piazza to break the deadlock. Three batters later, and with the bases loaded once more, Pam Mazzarella stepped up and cleared the bases with a double to left center to make it a 5-0 game. Mazzarella later scored herself from second on a passed ball.
Perhaps thinking ahead to their long bus trip to North Carolina scheduled for Friday, the Owls decided to finish things off early in the sixth. Cavanaugh led off with a double and then scored on a Crandall RBI single. Jenna Lopez's sixth triple of the year brought the game to a close when Crandall crossed the plate for the eighth FAU run.
Game two saw the Owls take an early 4-0 lead thanks to two runs in each of the first two innings. Freshman Melissa Moore's second RBI of the year produced the first run and the freshman later scored on a Danielle Arriaga sacrifice fly to right to make it a 2-0 game. The third and fourth runs came on a two-run throwing error by Belmont third baseman Jess Seymore with two outs in the second.
The defensive miscues by Belmont continued in the fourth, leading to five FAU runs in the inning. With two outs, a throwing error by shortstop Sara Peeples made it 6-0 and kept the inning going. RBI singles by Arriaga and Cavanaugh followed and a bases-loaded walk to Crandall completed the scoring.
FAU will head to Final Four-crazy Chapel Hill, North Carolina for the four-team Tar Heel Invitational that runs Saturday-Sunday before finishing their road trip with conference games against Campbell and Gardner-Webb on Monday and Tuesday respectively. Live statistics will be available from the UNC tournament and possibly from the two conference doubleheaders.
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