April 2, 2003
BUIES CREEK, NC -- Florida Atlantic University began a stretch of 11 straight road games, Wednesday evening, with a sweep at Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC. It wasn't easy as FAU had to withstand rallies in both games after getting out to leads. FAU won the first game 3-2 before taking game two, 6-5, in eight innings.
The wins improve FAU to 22-21 on the year and keep the Lady Owls perfect in the A-Sun at 4-0.
In game one, FAU scored all three of its runs in the sixth. Amy Bellisari led of with a single. Lauren Evans then reached on a fielder's choice with pinch-runner, Jamie Melton, and Evans advancing another base on a throwing error on the same play. Jessica Sachs next drove in Melton on a fielder's choice.
In the ninth, Campbell threatened a comeback after loading the bases with no outs. Freel then struck out Erica Willis for the first out. Jo-Lee Richardson grounded out to drive in the first run. Amy Anderson then reached on an error allowing the second run to score. With FAU leading 3-2, Freel struck out Lindsey Landry to end the game.
Freel picked up the win. She allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out seven. It's the fourth consecutive start in which Freel has allowed four hits or fewer.
In the nightcap, FAU broke on top early with three runs in the top of the first. Piazza drew a bases loaded walk before Callie Piper singled to drive in two more runs and make it 3-0.
Piper added to the lead in the third when she led off with a home run to left field. It was Piper's first homer of the year, and it gave FAU a 4-0 lead. Lauren Evans added an RBI-single later in the third to make it 5-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, Campbell rallied for four runs to pull to within 5-4. Freel came in to relieve Amanda Morin in the frame. The Fighting Camels tied the game in the fifth on a bizarre play. With Meredith Moody at first and two outs, Holly Harris reached on an error by the shortstop. Moody, who advanced to third on the play, then headed home after a bad throw to third. Moody appeared to have been tagged out by catcher Lauren Evans but was ruled safe.
In the top of the eighth, Piper led off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice. After a pop-up kept Piper at second with two outs, Jennifer Cavanaugh singled through the middle to score Piper on a close play at the plate and make it 6-5 FAU.
Freel (12-7) picked up the win in game two in relief. She allowed one unearned run in four and two-thirds innings of work while allowing three hits and striking out seven.
Campbell dropped to 15-22 on the year and 3-9 in the A-Sun.
Florida Atlantic next takes on Gardner-Webb in a Thursday afternoon doubleheader in Boiling Springs, NC.