Candice Freel and the Lady Owls beat Georgia State to win the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Title.
May 11, 2002
TROY, AL - Florida Atlantic University captured its sixth consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament championship Saturday in Troy, AL. The Lady Owls defeated Georgia State 4-0 in the clinching game to claim the A-Sun's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Nikki Myers drove in three runs in the championship game on her way to her fourth A-Sun Tournament MVP honor while freshman Candice Freel picked up the victory.
In the championship game, Myers went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs while Freel picked up the win with five shutout innings to lead FAU to victory.
FAU (60-11) could have clinched the championship in game one but fell to Georgia State (38-27) 3-2 to force the second game. In the second contest, the Lady Owls scored three times in the second. Rhianna Rogers led off with a single before Ginny Matthews later delivered an RBI-single. Myers followed with a double off the center field fence to put FAU up 3-0. Myers then blasted her 12th homer of the year to left in the fifth to give FAU a 4-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Freel, who pitched three shutout innings in relief in game one, went five innings in game two. She allowed just four hits and struck out three to improve to 25-5 on the year.
In game one, Myers allowed three runs, two unearned, in three innings of work. The loss dropped her to 35-6 on the year and ended her run of 10 straight victories in A-Sun Tournament play. The loss also ended FAU's 23-game winning streak in tournament play. Ninya Ybarra and Rogers had RBIs in the first contest.
Florida Atlantic next awaits Sunday evening's announcement from the NCAA on where and when they will play in next week's NCAA Regional. FAU will take part in its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament.