Danielle Arriaga - 2 HR, 4 RBI Friday vs. Mercer
April 15, 2005
Macon, Ga. - Junior Danielle Arriaga hit two home runs and drove in four Friday as the Florida Atlantic University softball team swept Mercer 5-0 and 6-4 for their fourth consecutive conference sweep. Senior Jenn Piazza also hit two homers in a 5-for-6 day for the Owls (30-26, 10-2 A-Sun), while sophomore Meghan Doonan struck out a career-high 13 batters in a six-hit, game one shutout.
In game one, the Owls opened their scoring with two runs in the top of the second courtesy of back-to-back solo home runs by Arriaga and Piazza with no outs. Arriaga's blast was her fifth of the year while Piazza's was her first.
Sophomore right-hander Meghan Doonan struck out 13 in a complete-game, six-hit effort, the most strikeouts by an Owl pitcher this season. Doonan improved to 12-10 with the victory and never looked like giving up a run the entire game.
Game two saw the Owls in an early hole as the Bears scored four times in the first inning off Ashley Greene. The first two runs came via a Kerri Ryskamp lead-off home run and a Ashley Anderson RBI single, while the last two came on a throwing error by FAU center fielder Jenna Lopez.
Piazza's second round-tripper of the day, a solo shot in the top of the second, reduced the deficit to three and an Arriaga RBI double in the third that scored Pam Mazzarella made it a two-run game.
The Owls left the bases loaded in that third inning, but did not waste another chance to tie things up in the fifth. With one on and two outs, Arriaga drove a ball over the left field wall for her second homer of the day, tying things at 4-4.
With momentum clearly on their side, the Owls took full advantage by scoring twice in the sixth to take a 6-4 lead. Jessica Sachs drove in Lopez for the first run and then scored herself two batters later on a Mazzarella double to left field.
The Owls, who now have a two-game lead over third-placed UCF in the conference, will have a day off before taking on Georgia State on Sunday in their final road conference series of the season.