April 20, 2005
Miami, Fla. - A six-hitter from sophomore Ashley Greene and a three-run home run by senior Jessica Braggins helped the Florida Atlantic University softball team to a 7-1 victory over Florida International in a non-conference contest on Wednesday night. The Owls (32-27, 11-3 A-Sun) have now won four consecutive games over FIU and are 4-1 against them this season with one game remaining between the two teams.
Greene (11-6), who has won five consecutive starts and saw a 19-plus inning scoreless streak snapped in the seventh, did not allow a hit until the fourth. At that point, Greene had a 3-0 cushion thanks to Braggins' seventh homer of the year, a blast to center field off FIU starter Amanda Nealer in the third.
FAU made it a 5-0 game in the sixth on a Lauren Crandall RBI triple and a Jenna Lopez RBI single and then increased their lead to 7-0 in the seventh when Crandall bagged two more RBI on a bloop single down the right field line.
The closest the Golden Panthers (26-21, 4-4 Sun Belt) got to making a game of things was when Tabitha Embry lined a single off Greene's pitching hand to load the bases with two outs in the sixth. The rally was extinguished, however, when third baseman Jessica Sachs tagged out Brook Ruiz on a ground ball to end the inning.
FIU did manage to brake up the shut out in the seventh when Tracey DeLeon scored on a attempted run-down of DeOmni Murrary between first and second.
For the Owls in the game, senior Pam Mazzarella was 3-for-4 with a run scored, and Sachs, Arriaga and Crandall had two hits each.
The Owls will next take the field on Friday when they host a doubleheader with conference leaders Troy at 6 and 8 p.m. Tickets are only $6 for adults and $4 for youths and seniors and are available at the gate or by calling 1-866-FAU-OWLS.
NOTES: Braggins' current nine-game hit streak is the longest by an Owl this season and her total of 38 RBI is the highest single-season total since Mazzarella's 45 in 2002.
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