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Softball Concludes Regular Season

April 28, 2003

Final Stats

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 bottom of the 10th, with two outs, Pam Mazzarella singled through the middle to score Michelle Shirah with the tying run.

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.

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