WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2003
Softball Falls to Webber International in Inaugural Game, 5-3
Jan. 22, 2003
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Webber International scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning, breaking a 3-3 tie, and held off a late seventh inning rally to defeat Jacksonville, 5-3, in its inaugural softball game at the JU Softball Complex Wednesday afternoon amid rainy and windy conditions. Game two of the scheduled doubleheader was postponed due to rain after a steady drizzle turned into a downpour 15 minutes after game one ended. Junior Bridget Starry (San Diego, Calif.) and freshman Jill Bandhauer (Crystal River, Fla.) led the Dolphins with two hits each. It was the season opener for both teams.
The Warriors (1-0) scored both of their runs in the sixth inning with two outs, as Jennifer Cancio led off the inning with a walk and Leah Plummer came in to pinch run. After Plummer stole second, Dolphins' starter Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) struck out the next two batters. Kassandra Hilson singled putting runners on the corners and an error by shortstop Dianna Korcak (Clearwater, Fla.) allowed Plummer to score the go-ahead run. JU was able to load the bases in the seventh, but Christina Dovale closed the door on the Dolphins earning her first save.
JU (0-1) took an early lead scoring two runs in the first inning as Bandhauer delivered a one-out double down the left field line scoring Starry and junior Dianna Korcak. The Warriors' offense was ignited in the third inning as a result of an error by left fielder Lisa Dronkers (Green Cove Springs, Fla.) allowing Marion Lazaris and Hilson to score. Webber took the lead moments later as Dobson (0-1) walked in a run to make it 3-2 Warriors. JU countered in the bottom of the inning as Starry led off with a blast down the left field line for the first home run in JU softball history.
Starry went 2-for-3 with a home run, an RBI and two runs scored, while Bandhauer also went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Katie Dobson pitched 5.2 innings giving up only three hits, while striking out six.
Laura Helt tossed 5.0 innings striking out four to pick up the victory for the Warriors.