Softball Splits Doubleheader With Gardner-Webb To Open A-Sun Play

Feb. 22, 2004

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - Junior righthander Stacey Bell (Jacksonville/Terry Parker) threw a complete-game two-hitter and junior left fielder Mayte Diaz (Silver Springs, Fla.) had two hits and two RBI as JU beat Gardner-Webb, 10-1, in the second game of a doubleheader in the Atlantic Sun Conference opener for both Sunday at the GWU Softball Complex. The Bulldogs (2-6, 1-1 A-Sun) won game one, 10-2, behind a grand slam and five RBI from first baseman Allison Murphy. JU (7-8, 1-1 A-Sun) had 11 hits in the nightcap after managing just four singles in game one, while Bell took a no-hitter into the final inning.

Stacie Reichert suffered the loss for Gardner-Webb allowing four runs on four hits in 2.0 innings. She earned the win in game one, scattering four hits and striking out eight while allowing just two unearned runs. Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) lost her fourth straight decision in the opener for JU, allowing four runs (one earned) on two hits in 1.0 inning of work. The Dolphins committed three errors in the loss.

JU jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning on a Sonja Cadarette (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) RBI single and a bases loaded walk by Melissa Coburn (Crystal River, Fla.). Diaz reached on an error by shortstop Shelley Lavender scoring Cadarette and Lauren Redfern (Jacksonville/Sandalwood), who reached on an infield single. The Dolphins added a run in the third on an RBI single by Monica McGee (Starke, Fla.) and one in the fourth on a Diaz run-scoring single to left. JU added another four runs in the top of the sixth to put the mercy rule into effect. Senior second baseman Ronda Campo (Kirkland, Wash.) delivered a two-run single followed by Diaz' second RBI-single of the game.

Senior shortstop Dianna Korcak (Clearwater, Fla.) had three hits, including her third triple for the Dolphins, while Kacey Yourous (Radcliff, Ky.) added a pair of hits in game two and scored a run.

JU returns to action on Friday against Gardner-Webb in the first round of the University of Florida Invitational in Gainesville at 10 a.m. The Dolphins also play Florida at 12:30 p.m. on Friday.