Freshman Candice Freel became a 20-game winner with her game one three-hitter.
April 11, 2002
BIRMINGHAM, AL - Florida Atlantic University, ranked no. 11 in the nation, extended its winning streak to eight games with a doubleheader sweep of Samford University Thursday in Birmingham, AL. FAU won game one 7-0 before taking game two 4-0. FAU, which entered the week leading the nation in victories, improved to 46-7 on the year and 9-1 in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Candice Freel and Nikki Myers each tossed shutouts while the Lady Owls banged out 18 hits and five home runs. Freel threw a three-hitter while Myers turned in a one-hitter to go along with 14 strikeouts.
In game one, FAU took a 1-0 lead in the third when Pam Mazzarella delivered a two-out single that scored Heather Wright. Samford (17-23, 2-8 A-Sun) failed to score in the bottom of the inning despite loading the bases with one out. Candice Freel forced Michelle Wright to ground into an inning-ending double play to end the threat.
The Lady Owls opened it up with four runs in the fourth. With one out, Michelle Shirah hit a 3-1 pitch that skimmed over the left field fence for her first homer of the year that gave FAU a 2-0 lead. Two outs later, Wright singled home Ninya Ybarra to make it 3-0. Nikki Myers then stepped up and hit the first pitch she saw over the centerfield fence to give FAU a 5-0 lead. For Myers, it was her team-leading 10th homer of the year. FAU added two more runs in the sixth on a single by Ybarra and a sacrifice by Myers.
Freel picked up her 20th win of the season against just three losses. The three-hit shutout was the ninth of the year for the freshman. Samford's Erin Landsburg (8-14) suffered the loss.
Meanwhile, Myers (26-4) completely dominated the game, taking a perfect game into the seventh before a lead-off single by Amber Fuller. The shutout was the 41st in Myers career and her 13th this season.
Fuller (9-9) suffered the loss for Samford in game two.
Florida Atlantic continues its road trip with a doubleheader Thursday afternoon at Jacksonville State.