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Softball Dominates Jacksonville

April 17, 2003

FAU 6, Jacksonville 3 (Game 1)

FAU 8, Jacksonville 2 (Game 2)

BOCA RATON, FL -- Florida Atlantic University used plenty of offense in sweeping a doubleheader with Jacksonville University, Thursday, at FAU Field in Boca Raton, FL. The Lady Owls banged out 13 hits in a 6-3 victory in game one before taking game two, 8-2. The wins improve FAU to 30-24 overall and 11-3 in Atlantic Sun Conference play. FAU is now tied for first place in the A-Sun with Central Florida.

In the first game, Jessica Braggins went 4-for-4 to lead four Lady Owls with at least two hits. Ebony Gray, Pam Mazzarella and Callie Piper each went 2-for-4.

JU took an early 2-0 lead on a two-run double by Janine Palumbo in the top of the third. In the bottom of the Frame, Jenn Piazza and Braggins each had RBI-singles to tie the game at 2-2.

The game remained 2-2 until the bottom of the fifth when Candice Freel doubled to score Piazza to make it 3-2 FAU.

After JU tied the game in the sixth, the Lady Owls came back with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 6-3. The go-ahead run came on a double-steal before Mazzarella followed with a line-drive home run over the right center field fence to make it 6-3. It was her fourth homer of the season.

Freel (14-10) picked up the complete game victory. She allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out seven.

In the second game, FAU scored four runs in the bottom of the second. Gray started the scoring with a one-out, two-run triple to make it 2-0. Jennifer Cavanaugh followed with an RBI-double to make it 3-0. The fourth run scored on a fielder's choice.

In the fourth, Ginny Matthews added a two-out double that scored Amy Bellisari to make it 5-0.



After JU scored a run in fifth, FAU came back to score three in the bottom of the inning when Jamie Melton belted a three-run double to make it 8-1.

Amanda Morin (14-11) picked up her sixth straight victory. She allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out seven. Between Freel and Morin, FAU pitchers struck out 14 and did not surrender a walk the entire night.

In all, Braggins went 5-for-7 on the day while Gray went 4-for-6 with two triples and three runs scored. FAU had 24 hits on the night while holding JU to 15.

Florida Atlantic resumes A-Sun play Saturday against Belmont at 6:00pm at FAU Field.

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