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April 3, 2003

FAU 9, Gardner-Webb 1 (Box Score and Play-by-Play)

FAU 9, Gardner-Webb 0 (Box Score and Play-by-Play)

BOILING SPRINGS, NC -- Jenn Piazza and Florida Atlantic University had huge days as FAU completed its second road sweep in as many days in a Thursday afternoon doubleheader at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC. FAU defeated the Runnin' Bulldogs, 9-1, in game one before taking game two, 9-0. The wins improve FAU to 24-21 on the year and 6-0 in the Atlantic Sun Conference while vaulting the Lady Owls into sole possession of first place in the A-Sun.

Piazza went 5-for-6 in the two games with two homers, three RBIs, and six runs scored.

FAU, which has won six consecutive A-Sun championships, is off to its best start in the A-Sun since starting 13-0 in 2000. Overall, FAU has won 11 of its past 14 games.

FAU did most of its damage in the latter part of game one. Ebony Gray gave the Lady Owls a 1-0 lead in the second on a successful squeeze play that scored Piazza. Gray reached on the bunt single.

In the fourth, FAU opened it up with three more runs. With one out, Gray belted a bases-loaded double to drive in two runs and scored on the same play after a tag-out at the plate and a throwing error. That gave FAU a 4-0 cushion heading to the fifth.

In the sixth, Amy Bellisari hit a two-out double that Jamie Melton to put FAU on top 5-0. In the seventh, the Lady Owls tacked on four more runs. The frame was highlighted by a two-run homer by Piazza, her first of the season. Pam Mazzarella and Callie Piper also drove in runs in the inning.

Candice Freel (13-7) dominated GWU hitters all seven innings. The only run scored was unearned in the sixth as Freel scattered five singles. Last year's A-Sun Freshman-of-the-Year has now won six of her last seven decisions.



Game two featured much of the same as FAU scored four times in the second to create early separation. The big hit in the inning was a two-run single by Bellisari that made it 3-0.

In the third, Piazza made it 5-0 FAU when she drilled a one-out homer to almost the same spot as game one. In the seventh, a two-run single by Ginny Matthews made it 7-0. After a walk to Alanna Sachs, Bellisari and Christina Thompson capped off the FAU scoring with RBI-singles.

Amanda Morin (9-11) picked up the win in the five-inning game. The freshman gave up just two hits in three innings of work and struck out one.

Gray led FAU with four RBIs on the day. Piazza and Bellisari each had three.

FAU is in the midst of an 11-game road stretch and has started a perfect 4-0 on the first leg. The Lady Owls held on for a pair of one-run victories on Wednesday night at Campbell.

Florida Atlantic next faces Troy State, April 11, in Troy, AL.

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