May 17, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Senior pitcher Nikki Myers struck out 10 and allowed only five hits to lead No. 1 seeded Florida Atlantic to a 4-2 victory over fourth seeded Auburn at the Seminole Softball Complex. Florida Atlantic advances to play undefeated Chattanooga Friday at 8 p.m., in a rematch of the tournament’s first game, which UTC won 3-0. Auburn was eliminated from the tournament.
Florida Atlantic improved to 62-12 while Auburn closes its season with a 38-27 record.
Florida Atlantic broke the game open with its bats in the fifth inning with three runs. The big hits for the Owls came in the form of run scoring doubles by senior Heather Wright and freshman Pam Mazzarella. Wright’s blast to center field scored senior Ninya Ybarra and Mazarella’s shot to left field plated Wright. Sophomore Callie Piper also cashed in with a run scoring single to right to score Mazzarella.
Wright hit her sixth home run of the season to lead off the Owls half of the seventh to put the game out of reach for the Tigers.
Myers, meanwhile, pitched the final three innings of the game virtually unscathed during which she allowed only two hits and one run. The only run she allowed after the fourth inning came on a seventh-inning home run by Auburn senior Ashley Moore. It was Moir?’s 17th home run of the season. Myers record is now 36-7.
“I think that one run they (Auburn) scored kind of woke us up again,” said head coach Joan Joyce. “It happened to Auburn yesterday, scoring the one run on FSU and then FSU came back and scored two in the bottom half of that inning, and Auburn ended up losing the game.”
Auburn scored the first run of the game and held a 1-0 lead after four innings of play. Sophomore Martha Phillips began a two-out rally for the Tigers as she reached base on an error by Mazzarella at first base. She advanced to second on a single by junior Deni Ziegler and scored on a single to left by junior Jodi Van Ooyen.
Sophomore Kristen Keyes pitched 4 1/3 innings and was tagged with the loss. She struck out five, allowed four hits and two runs. Her record is now 21-11.
“I felt like the kids played hard, they played an aggressive ballgame, and came out with a lot of drive, said Auburn head coach Tina Deese. “Florida Atlantic has some big sticks, and we held on tight early in the game. We got ahead, fired them up and put some hits together.”