Ginny Matthews doubled in the seventh inning to put FAU on top 4-3.
May 9, 2003
TROY, AL -- Facing elimination on the second day of action at the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament in Troy, AL, Florida Atlantic University posted a 5-4 victory over Mercer University Friday evening. The win advances FAU to Saturday's championship round against Central Florida. FAU (40-26) must defeat UCF twice in order to win its seventh consecutive A-Sun Tournament title.
The big inning for FAU came in the seventh with the game tied at 3-3. Ginny Matthews doubled down the left field line to score Jaime Melton with the go-ahead run, and Pam Mazzarella followed with a single to score Matthews to make it 5-3.
Mercer (35-23) hurt itself early against the Lady Owls, committing five errors that resulted in FAU's first three runs being unearned.
FAU took a 1-0 lead in the third when, with one out, Ginny Matthews grounded out. However, Jessica Sachs, who was at second, scored on a throwing error by Meghan Clark at first trying to throw out Sachs at third.
It only got worse for the Bears in the fourth. Jenn Piazza led off with a single and advanced to second on a throwing error by the catcher. Jessica Braggins followed with an RBI-single to put FAU up 2-0. The Lady Owls scored their third run on a throwing error by the rightfielder.
The Bears came back with three runs against Morin in the sixth to tie the game at 3-3.
Florida Atlantic will face UCF Saturday at 2:00pm EDT. The Lady Owls lost to UCF earlier on Friday, 3-2, in eight innings. FAU advances to Saturday's championship round for the eighth consecutive season.