May 8, 2003
TROY, AL -- Florida Atlantic University's quest for a seventh consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament championship got off to a fast start on Thursday. Amanda Morin threw a one-hitter and Jenn Piazza blasted a three-run homer to lead the Lady Owls past Jacksonville State University, 8-0, in opening round action from Troy, AL. The win improves FAU to 38-25 on the year.
The game was scoreless into the third inning before Piazza hit her sixth home run of the year with two outs to give FAU a 3-0 lead. Pam Mazzarella, who went 3-for-4, added an RBI single in the fifth to make it 4-0.
Morin (19-11) allowed just one base runner in her six innings of work. She took a perfect game into the fifth before Allie Simons singled with two outs. The A-Sun Freshman-of-the-Year struck out seven in winning her 11th consecutive game and 19th overall.
Florida Atlantic next faces Stetson University Thursday evening. Stetson was defeated by Central Florida, 8-5, earlier in the day. Troy State and Mercer are the other two teams in the six-team double-elimination championship. The tournament concludes Saturday with the winner receiving the A-Sun's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.