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Softball Takes Over First Place

April 19, 2003

FAU 8, Belmont 0 (Game 1)

FAU 10, Belmont 0 (Game 2)

BOCA RATON, FL - On a night in which head coach Joan Joyce was honored for winning her 400th career game less than a week ago, Florida Atlantic University came out and posted two shutouts against Belmont University to extend its season-long winning streak to six games. The victories on Saturday also vaulted FAU into first place in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Lady Owls defeated the Bruins, 8-0, in game one before taking game two, 10-0. Both contests lasted just five innings.

FAU improved to 32-24 on the year and 13-3 in the A-Sun while Belmont dropped to 8-34-1 and 5-17 in the A-Sun. FAU outhit Belmont 20-4 while outscoring the Bruins 18-0.

Pam Mazzarella led a potent FAU attack, going 5-for-5 with a home run and six RBIs. Jenn Piazza went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs. Ginny Matthews chipped in a 4-for-6 effort with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Ebony Gray also hit a homer to go along with two hits on the night.

On the mound, Amanda Morin came within two outs of her first perfect game. She allowed just one hit in the second game as she won her seventh straight decision. Candice Freel picked up the game one victory.

FAU scored in all but two of the eight innings they batted in. In the first game, Mazzarella got things started with a three-run home run to right field to make it 3-0 FAU. The Lady Owls scored once in the second and four more times in the fourth. Gray hit a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth while the next three runs scored on two bases loaded walks and a wild pitch.

Freel (15-10) scattered three singles, struck out five, and walked just one. The shutout was her fifth of the season.



In game two, FAU took a 1-0 lead into the third before scoring four more times for a 5-0 lead. The inning featured a run-scoring double by Matthews, an RBI-single by Mazzarella, and a two-run single by Jessica Braggins. In the fourth, FAU scored five more runs. A triple by Jessica Sachs made it 6-0. Leading 7-0, Piazza connected for a three-run homer to center field to close out the Lady Owl scoring.

The only question for FAU was whether Morin could secure just the third perfect game in FAU history. With one out in the top of the fifth, Sara Peeples hit a grounder through the middle to account for Belmont's only base runner of the game.

Morin (15-11) struck out eight of the first nine batters she faced and ended up allowing just one hit with 10 strikeouts.

FAU is now in sole possession of first place in the A-Sun after UCF was swept earlier in the day by Mercer. The Lady Owls next host Stetson Tuesday afternoon at 4:00pm before taking on Central Florida April 26 in Orlando.

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