April 17, 2005
Panthersville, Ga. - The Florida Atlantic University softball team split their Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader with Georgia State on Sunday afternoon, losing game one 1-0 before coming back to take game two 2-0 in 10 innings. Sophomore Meghan Doonan was the hard-luck loser in game one as the right-hander allowed only four hits while striking out nine. In game two, junior Jennifer Cavanaugh was 4-for-4 and Ashley Greene threw a two-hitter.
In game one, the Owls (31-27, 11-3 A-Sun) almost got off to a quick start in the top of the second but senior Jessica Braggins was left stranded on third base after reaching there with one out.
The Panthers would then score the only run they would need off Meghan Doonan with two outs in the bottom of the inning. A single from Pamela O'Neal to third took a bad hop and hit Jessica Sachs in the shoulder, allowing pinch-runner Shannon Tiahur to score.
FAU threatened in the top of the third but left two on base, and then saw a golden chance to tie things up in the seventh slip away. Junior Danielle Arriaga, trying to score from second on a Jenna Lopez fly out to center, was tagged out at home to end the game.
Game two saw a fine battle between starting pitchers as neither FAU's Ashley Greene or GSU's Elizabeth Hyman allowed a run in the first nine innings.
FAU almost took their first lead of the day in the top of the sixth but Braggins failed to make contact on a squeeze bunt play and pinch runner Marlene Lopez was easily tagged out by Panthers catcher Candace Jones.
The scoreless deadlock was finally broken in the 10th right as the international tiebreaker rule came into effect. Sachs sacrificed pinch-runner Lauren Crandall over to third and Crandall then scored on a Melissa Moore single to center field. Moore then scored herself three batters later on an Arriaga single up the middle before watching as Greene put the Panthers down in order in the bottom of the inning to finish things off.
The Owls will have four days off before hosting two conference doubleheaders in as many days. Friday sees A-Sun leaders Troy come to Boca Raton while Stetson visit on Saturday. Games in both series will begin at 6 and 8 p.m.
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