May 12, 2005
BOCA RATON, Fla. - A five-hit shutout by sophomore Ashley Greene and three first-inning runs powered the Florida Atlantic University softball team to a 3-0 victory over UCF at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship on Thursday night. The Owls (37-30) improve to 2-0 in the tournament and will face fellow undefeated team Troy on Friday at 3 p.m. Earlier in the day the Owls blanked Stetson 4-0.
FAU drew first blood in the contest by scoring three runs in the first with two outs.
After Pam Mazzarella had walked, Jessica Braggins doubled to right center to drive in the senior first baseman. Junior Danielle Arriaga then singled home Braggins to make it a 2-0 game before scoring herself on a Jenn Piazza RBI single to right.
UCF threatened in the bottom of the inning as they had runners on second and third with two outs, but Owls starter Ashley Greene managed to wriggle her way out of the mess thanks to a strikeout, a caught stealing and a ground out to three-time defending A-Sun Player-of-the-Year Stephanie Best.
Greene quickly settled down after the scare, allowing only four hits the rest of the way. Best, the nation's leader in home runs with 23 had a golden chance to tie things up in the sixth but the senior could only fly out with two runners on and one out. Greene then walked Amber Lamb to load the bases but Lindsay Enders, who hit a grand slam in UCF's 4-2 victory over the Owls in the regular season, flied out to center.
NOTES: With the shutout, FAU extended its A-Sun Championship scoreless streak to 37 innings...freshman catcher Charlotte Baird was 2-for-3 in the game for the Owls...UCF will now face Jacksonville on Friday in a 5 p.m. elimination contest.