MONDAY, MAY 03, 2004
Softball Falls To Florida Atlantic, 4-0 & 4-2
May 3, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior righthander Stacy Bell (Jacksonville/Terry Parker) held Florida Atlantic scoreless for 9.0 innings, but the Owls rallied in the 10th en route to a 4-0, extra-inning win over JU Monday afternoon at the JU Softball Complex. The Owls (48-15, 15-3 A-Sun) held on for a 4-2 win in the nightcap, despite a late rally by the Dolphins who had runners on base in two of the last three innings.
Florida Atlantic broke open a scoreless game with no outs in the top of the 10th inning when shortstop Jenna Lopez doubled down the right field line scoring Ginny Matthews, who was placed at second to start the inning as part of the international tiebreaker rule. The Owls added another run on a pinch-hit single by Pam Mazzarella and then left fielder Jenn Piazza lined a two-run homer to left for the 4-0 lead.
Bell suffered the loss for JU (22-41, 5-15 A-Sun), allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits, while striking out six in 9.1 innings of work. Candice Freel threw a complete-game shutout for FAU, scattering three hits and striking out eight.
Florida Atlantic jumped out a 2-0 lead in game two, thanks to a two-run homer by Jessica Braggins in the top of the first. The Owls added one in the second on a run-scoring double by Matthews and one in the third on an RBI single by Braggins, as FAU put together three consecutive hits.
JU scored twice in the fourth to cut the deficit to 4-2. Centerfielder Monica McGee (Starke, Fla.), who led the Dolphins with two hits, singled to lead off the inning. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Lauren Redfern (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) and then scored when third baseman Sonja Cadarette (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) laced a single down the right field line. Two batters later, freshman Stephanie Beasley (Tallahassee, Fla.) had an RBI-double to right center for JU's final run.
Sophomore righthander Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) suffered the loss in game two, allowing four runs on nine hits with four strikeouts in 7.0 innings of work. Ashley Greene earned the win for Florida Atlantic allowing two runs on four hits in 5.0 innings of relief.
JU concludes the 2004 season on Wednesday against No. 17 South Florida at 5 p.m. at the JU Softball Complex.