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Softball Sweeps Jacksonville

May 3, 2004

FAU 4, JU 0 (Final Stats)
FAU 4, JU 2 (Final Stats)

JACKSONVILLE, FL - Florida Atlantic University picked up a pair of victories Monday evening in a doubleheader sweep of Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL. The wins improved FAU to 48-15 overall and 15-3 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Owls took game one, 4-0, scoring all of their runs in the 10th inning. FAU won game two, 4-2. Jessica Braggins and Jenn Piazza each had for hits and a homer. In addition, Candice Freel threw her 12th shutout of the season.

Neither team mounted a serious threat in the first game through the first nine innings. The Owls and Dolphins (22-41, 5-15 A-Sun) scattered three hits each through seven.

In the top of the 10th, the Owls broke through for four runs on four hits. Jenna Lopez doubled to drive in Ginny Matthews with the first run. With one out, Pam Mazzarella pinch-hit and singled to drive in Lopez to make it 2-0. Piazza followed with her fifth homer of the season, a two run shot down the left field line, to make it 4-0.

Freel (23-7) picked up her second straight shutout, allowing three hits in 10 innings. She struck out eight and walked one. The win also gives her 68 for her career, which moves her into second place on FAU's all-time wins list. She passed Chris Sutcliffe, who finished her career in 2001 with 67 wins. Nikki Myers is the all-time leader with 108.

The Owls wasted little time scoring in game two. Sachs led off the first with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice. With two outs, Braggins lined a homer down the left field line to put FAU up 2-0. The home run was her team-leading eighth of the season.

Ginny Matthews added an RBI-double in the second that scored Amy Bellisari from first base to make it 3-0. Braggins had a single in the third that drove in the Owls' fourth run.



Ashley Greene picked up the win in relief of Amanda Morin. The freshman improved to 8-1 on the year. She allowed two runs on four hits in five innings and struck out three with one walk. Morin started and pitched two scoreless innings.

JU scored both of its runs in the fourth.

FAU had a combined 18 hits. Jessica Braggins went 4-for-7 with three RBIs while Piazza finished the night 4-for-8 with two RBIs. Matthews and Lauren Evans each had two hits in the second game.

Florida Atlantic concludes its regular season Wednesday night in a doubleheader with UCF that starts at 6:00pm at FAU Field. FAU needs to sweep the Golden Knights to win the A-Sun regular season title and secure a no. 1 seed in next week's A-Sun Championship, hosted by FAU May 13-15.

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