FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 07, 2003
Softball Claims First Ever Victory Defeating Arkansas, 3-2

Feb. 7, 2003

Box Score

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - The Jacksonville University softball team needed extra innings to win its first ever game, holding off a late rally to defeat SEC member Arkansas, 3-2, in eight innings Friday in its second game at the UCF/Triple Crown Classic at Treaty Park in St. Augustine, Fla. Freshman catcher Janine Palumbo (Palm Harbor, Fla.) delivered a one-out sacrifice fly in the eighth, enabling junior Dianna Korcak (Clearwater, Fla.) to score the go-ahead run. The Dolphins (1-4) dropped their first game to Evansville, 6-5.

With the score tied 1-1, Korcak was placed on second base as part of the international tie-breaker rule to start the eighth inning. After junior Monica McGee (Starke, Fla.) walked, Korcak advanced to third on a passed ball and with one-out Palumbo brought her home with a sac fly. JU would tack on an insurance run to take a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the inning. Junior Bridget Starry (San Diego, Calif.) (1-1) pitched a complete game, while striking out seven, to earn her first victory. Freshman Jill Bandhauer (Crystal River, Fla.) led the Dolphins offensively going 3-for-4 with her first collegiate home run, which tied the game in the fourth inning.

In the Dolphins' first game against Evansville, JU trailed 6-3 heading into its final at-bat, but Korcak led off the seventh with a single and McGee moved her over to second with a sacrifice bunt. Starry stepped to the plate and hit her second double of the night down the left field line scoring Korcak, closing the gap to 6-4. Palumbo singled putting runners on the corners and Bandhauer brought in Starry with her second sac fly of the game bringing the Dolphins within a run at 6-5. But reliever Joni Woods shut the door on the Dolphins recording her first save of the season. Casey Clutch (1-0) picked up the win for the Purple Aces, tossing 6.0 innings while striking out five.

The Purple Aces were able to get on the board first scoring two runs in the second as an error allowed Brooke Luker to score and Jennifer Duke added an RBI single. JU countered in the third, tying the game 2-2, courtesy of an RBI double by Starry and a sacrifice fly by Bandhauer allowing McGee to score. The Purple Aces, who defeated Arkansas, 2-0, in their first game, scored three more runs in the third highlighted by a two-run double from Luker and one more in the fourth to take a 6-2 lead.

Bandhauer went 1-for-2 with three RBI and two sacrifice flies leading the Dolphins offensively against the Purple Aces, while Starry and Korcak each had three hits. Freshman Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) (0-3) picked up the loss giving up six runs over four innings.

JU returns to action at the UCF/Triple Crown Classic tomorrow against SEC member Tennessee at 8:45 a.m. at Treaty Park in St. Augustine in its third game.