April 28, 2003
BOCA RATON, FL -- One day after enduring a 10-inning victory that included a rain delay of over two hours, Florida Atlantic University needed 11 innings to get past Jacksonville State University, 2-1, Monday afternoon at FAU Field in Boca Raton, FL. The win ends FAU's regular season with a 37-25 overall record and an 18-4 mark in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The 18 wins in A-Sun play are a new conference record.
Amanda Morin, who earlier in the day was named A-Sun Pitcher-of-the-Week for the second consecutive week, went the distance for the Lady Owls. She picked up her 10th consecutive win and improved her record to 18-11. The victory also meant Morin finished a perfect 9-0 against A-Sun competition.
The win was FAU's fifth straight, all when trailing in the fifth inning or later. This time, FAU trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the 10th before scoring a run in each of the last two innings to get the victory.
There were very few scoring opportunities for both teams, which resulted in a scoreless game after nine innings. Beginning with the 10th, each team was able to place a runner at second to start the inning. In the 10th, JSU (39-13, 12-10 A-Sun) took advantage when, with one out, Allie Simons singled to drive in Annie Davis to make it 1-0 JSU.
In the 11th, JSU was unable to advance the initial runner past second which set up the decisive frame for FAU. Jenn Piazza took second and advanced to third on a sacrifice by Callie Piper. With Jessica Braggins at the plate, FAU employed the squeeze play. Braggins was unable to make contact with a pitch outside, but JSU was unable to throw out Piazza in a rundown. Piazza scored on a throwing error to give FAU the 2-1 win.
Morin allowed one unearned run on seven hits. She struck out nine and walked one. Mazzarella, FAU's leading hitter, went 2-for-4 on the day.
Florida Atlantic will next take part in the A-Sun Tournament beginning May 8 in Troy, AL. FAU, which has won six consecutive A-Sun Tournaments, will be the no. 1 seed.