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.