April 2, 2004
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University swept an Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader with Gardner-Webb University Friday night in Boca Raton, FL. Candice Freel came within one out of a perfect game in the first game as the Owls won 4-0. FAU came back and took game two by a score of 2-1 behind a bases-loaded single in the seventh by Jennifer Cavanaugh. FAU, which is receiving votes in both national polls, improves to 37-12 on the year and 5-1 in the A-Sun.
Freel dominated the first game with the help of four runs from Owls' bats. FAU broke through in the third on a two-out single by Jessica Braggins that made it 1-0. The game remained that way until the Owls posted three more runs in the sixth. FAU sent eight batters to the plate as Cavanaugh, Amy Bellisari, and Ginny Matthews all drove in runs.
In the circle, Freel retired the first 20 batters before Rachael Riopel singled through the middle with two outs in the seventh to break up the perfect game. Freel struck out 10 Bulldogs and won her 11th straight game to improve to 17-6 on the year. The shutout was her second straight and eighth on the year.
In the second game, Christina Thompson had a two-out double in the second inning to drive in Matthews with the game's first run. The Bulldogs came back in the fourth and tied the game with an unearned run.
Both teams threatened in the sixth inning. GWU (22-22-1, 6-4 A-Sun) put the first two batters on before Ashley Greene used a fly out, a sacrifice, and a strikeout to get out of the jam. The Owls did the same in the bottom of the inning, but a fly out, pop up, and groundout ended the threat.
In the bottom of seventh, Thompson led off with a double. She took third on a bunt-single by Jenna Lopez. Jessica Sachs was intentionally walked to load the bases for Cavanaugh, who as a pinch-hitter lined a single to deep left center to drive in Thompson for the game-winner.
Cavanaugh finished the night 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Sachs went 4-for-6. Thompson and Braggins each added two hits.
Greene (6-0) stayed perfect on the year with the complete-game victory. She did not allow an earned run while giving up five hits. Greene struck out six with no walks.
Florida Atlantic returns to action Sunday afternoon in a 2:00pm non-conference doubleheader with Florida International at FAU Field.