May 16, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Chattanooga senior pitcher Beth Alexander threw a complete game no hitter as the No. 6 seeded Lady Mocs defeated top-seeded Florida Atlantic, 3-0, in Game 1 of the Tallahassee Regional Thursday afternoon. UTC improved to 43-13 overall while FAU went to 60-12.
“It was a big win for us,” UTC Head Coach Frank Reed said. “Coming in as a six-seed, we felt we probably should have been ranked a little higher, but that’s what motivated our kids. We wanted to go out and play our ballgame, and that’s what we did. Beth (Alexander) did a great job as usual.”
The Lady Mocs, who had seven hits for the game, scored their first run in the top of the third inning. Freshman Melissa Ramirez singled to start off the inning and stole second base with one out. Junior Paige Cochrane drove in Ramirez with a shot to right field.
UTC scored two insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning. FAU pitcher Nikki Myers walked three of the first four batters she faced in the inning. With one out, shortstop Jill Crawford singled to left, scoring one run and a wild pitch scored another. Alexander walked the first FAU batter in the bottom of the seventh inning, but then retired the next three batters for the win.]
Alexander (24-6) faced 22 batters, walking just two, and had four strikeouts. Myers (35-7) faced 34 batters and walked seven and struck out seven.
“The FAU team I coached all year didn’t come to the game today,” FAU Head Coach Joan Joyce said. “I don’t really know what happened out there. The gal pitched a good game against us. We didn’t hit the ball the way we normally do. We made errors out there that put Nikki (Myers) into trouble. It wasn’t the FAU team that I know. I challenged the team to have the FAU team that’s played all year show up for the rest of the tournament, so we’ll see what happens.”
FAU will play the loser of Game 2 between Alabama and Georgia Tech in Game 4 at 8 p.m. tonight. Chattanooga advances to Game 7 to be played on Friday at 8 p.m.