May 17, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, FL - Heather Wright homered and drove in two runs to lead Florida Atlantic University (62-12) to a 4-2 victory over Auburn University in an elimination game at the NCAA Regional in Tallahassee, FL. It was the second straight victory for the top-seeded Lady Owls when facing elimination.
The game was scoreless into the fourth inning when Auburn (38-27) scored an unearned run off starter Nikki Myers. That spurred FAU's offensive attack in the fifth when the Lady Owls posted three runs. With one out, Ninya Ybarra singled and scored when Wright doubled to deep right center. With two outs, Pam Mazzarella doubled to left center to score Wright and put FAU up 2-1. Callie Piper followed with an RBI-single to give FAU a 3-1 advantage.
In the seventh, Wright hit her sixth homer of the year, a monster shot to left field, that bounced over the road beyond the left field wall. That put FAU up 4-1 heading to the bottom of the frame. Auburn's Ashley Moore hit a solo homer in the seventh to account for the game's final score.
"Today we looked more like the FAU team that won 60 games coming into this regional," said FAU head coach Joan Joyce. "We hit the ball much better."
Nikki Myers (36-7) picked up the complete-game win, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits. She struck out 10 and walked three. Kristen Keyes suffered the loss for Auburn.
FAU finished with nine hits, including two doubles and Wright's homer. Candice Freel went 2-for-3 while Ybarra and Wright also picked up two hits.
The wins advances FAU to a rematch with Chattanooga Friday night at 8:00pm. The no. 6 Lady Mocs upset FAU Thursday by a score of 3-0 as Beth Alexander tossed a no-hitter against the Lady Owls. In other action Friday afternoon, Georgia Tech takes on Florida State.