April 13, 2003
ATLANTA, GA -- Florida Atlantic University's Joan Joyce picked up her 400th career victory as FAU split a doubleheader at Georgia State Sunday afternoon in Atlanta, GA. The Lady Owls dropped the first game, 2-1, before taking game two, 6-2. The game two victory improved FAU's record to 27-24 overall and 9-3 in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
In the first game, Georgia State scored two unearned runs in the fourth. After a groundout, Jennifer Hester reached on an error. She then scored on a double by Alisia Narodowski to make it 1-0 GSU. After a walk to Meghan McCoy put runners on first and second with still one out, Lindsey Bryant flied to right for the second out. Shannon McCormick then singled, and Narodowski came around to score on an outfield error to make it 2-0.
FAU mounted a rally in the seventh as Jenn Piazza led off with an infield single. One out later, Jessica Braggins singled to put runners on first and third. After a strikeout, Amy Bellisari singled to center to score Piazza with what turned out to by FAU's only run.
Candice Freel (13-10) suffered the loss. Both runs were unearned. She gave up just four hits and struck out three. GSU's Andrea McNary took a no-hitter into the seventh before giving up one runs on three hits. McNary (8-12) struck out seven.
In game two, FAU took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Christina Thompson led off with an infield single and advanced to third when Ebony Gray reached on and error on a sacrifice bunt. After a groundout advanced Gray to second, Thompson scored when Pam Mazzarella grounded to second.
In the bottom of the third, Emily Pritchett's two-run double with one out gave the Lady Panthers a 2-1 lead.
In the fifth, the Lady Owls took advantage of a pair of infield errors that allowed two unearned runs to score. Thompson led off the inning with a single. Gray reached on a throwing error that allowed Thompson to advance to third. FAU then implemented the squeeze play as Thompson beat the throw after Ginny Matthews bunted out in front of the plate. Gray later scored to give FAU a 3-2 lead on a dropped infield pop-up.
In the sixth, FAU took a 4-2 lead on an RBI-single by Gray that scored Lauren Evans. Piazza added more insurance in the seventh with a two-run homer to put the Lady Owls in front 6-2. The homer was Piazza's second in as many days and fourth on the season. Amanda Morin (12-11) won her fourth straight decision.
Joyce has led FAU to six consecutive A-Sun championships and four straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. Last year, the team led the nation with 62 wins and received its first no. 1 seed in NCAA Regional play. She has averaged 52 wins over the past five seasons and has had led the Lady Owls to winning seasons in each of the program's eight years.
Florida Atlantic next faces Florida International, Tuesday night, in Miami.