May 9, 2002
TROY, AL - Florida Atlantic University's Nikki Myers continues to show why she may be most comfortable playing in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament. The senior, who is a finalist for the USA Softball Player-of-the-Year Award, faced the minimum in a one-hit 1-0 shutout of Stetson Thursday night on the first day of action at the A-Sun Tournament in Troy, AL. Myers also provided the only run with a two-out single in the fifth that scored Michelle Shirah with the game's only run.
The win was the second of the day for Myers who came on in relief in FAU's opening round victory over Jacksonville State. She improved to 34-5 on the year and an unblemished 9-0 lifetime in A-Sun Tournament play.
Against Stetson, Myers allowed just two base runners, a walk in the fourth and a single in the fifth. Both runners were erased trying to steal as Myers faced the minimum of 21 batters. In the process, Myers struck out 11, bringing her season total to 402 and her career total to 1,341. She need just three strikeouts to move into third place all-time in NCAA history in that category. Myers also needs two strikeouts to break the FAU season record she set last year.
In game one, FAU scored twice in the bottom of the sixth on a single by Rhianna Rogers that put the Lady Owls up 3-1. Myers faced five batters in that game to pick up the win as FAU went on to defeat the Gamecocks 3-1.
Myers has not allowed an earned run in A-Sun Tournament play since her freshman season, a span of 52 consecutive innings. Her shutout on Thursday was her fifth lifetime and fourth straight in the tourney and 18th this season. She has been named tournament MVP each year she has participated.
In game two against Stetson, FAU outhit the Hatters 9-1 while outgunning JSU 7-6 in the earlier game. In all, FAU has won 22 consecutive games at the A-Sun Tournament dating back to the 1997 season. The 58 wins for FAU this season breaks the previous record of 57 set in 2000.
Florida Atlantic will next face the winner of Thursday night's Central Florida-Georgia State game. The Lady Owls will face that opponent Friday afternoon at 2:00pm EDT. FAU needs just two more wins, without a loss, to win their sixth straight A-Sun Tournament. Stetson and Jacksonville State were eliminated on Thursday.
FAU SOFTBALL REMINDER: The FAU softball team extends an invitation to join them for the NCAA Tournament Selection Show party Sunday, May 12, at 8:30pm at Wilt Chamberlain's Restaurant in Boca Raton.