Jenn Piazza's first inning, three-run homer in game two helped propel FAU to an early lead.
April 12, 2003
MACON, GA -- Florida Atlantic University split its second doubleheader in as many days when it took on Mercer University, Saturday, in an Atlantic Sun Conference match-up in Macon, GA. Mercer won game one in eight innings, 1-0, before FAU banged out a season-high 17 hits in winning, 12-7, in game two. Jenn Piazza, Jessica Braggins, and Amy Bellisari all homered in the second game.
After falling in the first game, FAU (26-23, 8-2 A-Sun) broke out with five runs in the first inning of game two. With one out, Ginny Matthews walked, and Pam Mazzarella followed with a single to center. Jenn Piazza then homered to left center to put FAU on top 3-0. After a double by Callie Piper, Jessica Braggins homered to left center to give FAU a 5-0 cushion. Bellisari added a sacrifice fly in the fourth to put FAU on top 6-0.
Mercer scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth to make it 6-3. In the fifth, Callie Piper, Lauren Evans and Ebony Gray each had RBI-singles to make it 9-3 FAU. However, the Bears came back with four more runs in the bottom of the fifth to pull to within 9-7.
FAU put the game away in the seventh with three runs, highlighted by a two-run homer by Bellisari. It was her first home run of the year. For Piazza, it was her third homer while Braggins connected for her second.
Seven of FAU's 17 hits in the second game were extra base hits. Amanda Morin (11-11) picked up the win. She allowed six runs, three earned, in four innings of work. She struck out five and walked two.
The first game was unlike the second game in that both teams cominied for just one run and nine hits. Mercer (26-16, 7-3 A-Sun) scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth. After the first two Bears were retired, Mercer managed to load the bases on a strikeout and wild pitch, a single, and a walk. Amy Parbon then walked to force in the winning run.
FAU had two solid chances to score. The first came in the seventh when Ginny Matthews led off with a double. However, she was stranded at second after three straight groundouts. In the eighth, the Lady Owls loaded the bases with one out but couldn't score after a foul out and a groundout.
Candice Freel (13-9) suffered the loss. She allowed the one run on five hits while striking out nine.
In all, FAU outhit Mercer 21-11 on the day. Seven Lady Owls had at least two hits with Gray going 4-for-8 with two doubles. Bellisari and Mazzarella each collected three hits while Evans, Piper, Braggins, and Piazza had two hits. Bellisari and Piazza each drove in three runs.
The doubleheader was delayed two hours from its original 4:30pm start time due to a water line break.
Florida Atlantic concludes its road trip Sunday afternoon with a doubleheader at Georgia State.