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April 18, 2004

FAU 8, Georgia State 0 (Final Stats)
FAU 3, Georgia State 2 (Final Stats)

BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University swept Georgia State University in an Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader Sunday afternoon at FAU Field in Boca Raton. The wins improved FAU to 44-13 overall and 11-1 in the A-Sun. The Owls had a season-high 16 hits in an 8-0 victory in game one. FAU held on for a 3-2 victory in game two as the Owls won their sixth straight game and 10th in their last 11 tries. Pam Mazzarella went 5-for-7 on the day with a homer and five RBIs while Candice Freel pitched a one-hit shutout and secured her second save of the season.

The first game was scoreless until the third inning when FAU broke out on top with two runs. Callie Piper started things with a two-out single. Mazzarella followed with a double to right center that drove in Piper. Jessica Braggins kept things going with another double to right center that plated Mazzarella.

In the fourth, Jessica Sachs had a one-out single that drove in Amy Bellisari. Piper followed with an RBI-single to make it 4-0.

FAU ended the game in the sixth as Sachs and Piper led off with consecutive singles. Mazzarella followed with a line-drive home run over the right field fence to make it 7-0. Later in the inning with one out, Jenn Piazza doubled to drive in Marlene Lopez to end things at 8-0.

Freel (21-6) continued her complete dominance of A-Sun competition. She tossed her 10th shutout and lowered her ERA to 0.77. She struck out 10 in six innings of work and did not surrender a walk. The lone base runner was Lauren Morlock, who singled with one out in the third. Freel then retired the final 11 Lady Panthers she faced.



At the plate, Mazzarella and Piper each went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Mazzarella drove in four runs while Sachs, Piper, Braggins, and Piazza also had RBIs. Sachs, Braggins, and Piazza also added two hits each.

In game two, FAU scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs and runners at second and third, Callie Piper reached on a throwing error that allowed both runners to score and make it 2-0. Mazzarella then doubled to score Piper to make it 3-0.

GSU broke through in the sixth when it scored twice. Both runs came home on the same play when a pop single scored one run with the second coming across on a throwing error.

Ashley Greene (7-1) picked up the victory. She allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits and struck out three in six innings. Freel came on in the seventh to pick up her second save of the season. In all, Freel retired 21 of the 23 batters she faced on Sunday. She has allowed just one run in her last 47 innings and is 6-0 with a 0.33 ERA against the A-Sun.

Mazzarella and Sachs added two more hits in game two. Sachs went a combined 4-for-8 in the doubleheader while Braggins was 3-for-7.

Florida Atlantic next faces Stetson University, April 21, in a doubleheader in DeLand, FL.

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