April 4, 2005
Buies Creek, N.C. - Senior first baseman Pam Mazzarella went 4-for-6 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI and both Jessica Braggins and Jennifer Cavanaugh hit home runs as the Florida Atlantic University softball team swept an Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader from Campbell on Monday. The 3-2 and 5-4 wins bring FAU back to .500 for the first time this season and move them to second place in the A-Sun with a 6-2 record.
In game one, the Owls scored all the runs they would need in the third inning with three consecutive hits.
With one out, junior Jessica Sachs reached on an error. The Owls third baseman was then moved over to second when Christina Thompson reached on a fielder's choice bunt. Pam Mazzarella then singled home Sachs, Jessica Braggins doubled home Thompson and Danielle Arriage drove in Mazzarella with a single up the middle.
The Camels made it a two-run game in the fourth when center fielder Jessica Huffman drove a pitch from FAU starter Meghan Doonan over the right field wall for a solo home run, and almost tied things up in the bottom of the seventh.
Chelsea Gates led off the final half inning with a double to right center and then scored two batters later on a high throw home by Lauren Crandall after Stephenie Pappas had singled to left. Pappas, who got all the way to third on the error, was left stranded at third, however, when Doonan got a strikeout and a pop-up to end the game.
The Camels started game two as they left off game one by taking a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-run double by Gates to right-center.
Finding themselves down in the first inning for the second time in as many days, the Owls responded in positive fashion just as they did in the 5-4 victory over Liberty on Sunday. With one out in the third, Braggins deposited her team-leading sixth home run of the season over the left field wall to score Mazzarella and tie the game at 2-2. The two RBI took Braggins' total on the year to 33, matching her career-best total from 2004.
Campbell reclaimed the lead with a run in the bottom of the fifth but a solo home run by junior Jennifer Cavanaugh, her first of the year, and an RBI single by Sachs in the top of the sixth quickly gave the Owls their first lead of the game.
The Camels loaded the bases with one out in the sixth but a strike out and a fielder's choice at home got FAU starter Ashley Greene out of the inning.
After FAU added an unearned run in the top of the seventh, the Camels pulled a run back in the bottom of the inning but again left the tying run on base to seal their fate.
NOTES: The Owls have now swept the Camels in their last two visits to Buies Creek...Cavanaugh's home run was her first since February 27, 2004.