THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2003
Late-Inning Heroics Help Softball Sweep Gardner-Webb in Atlantic Sun Opener
Feb. 27, 2003
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University freshman Melissa Coburn (Crystal River, Fla.) delivered a one-out two-run double to centerfield capping a three-run rally in the 10th inning lifting the Dolphins to a 5-4 win in game one of a doubleheader over Gardner-Webb Thursday afternoon at the JU Softball Complex, while junior Sonja Cadarette (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) had the game-winning single in the 10th in game two as JU won 2-1 and swept the Bulldogs in both team's Atlantic Sun opener. The Dolphins improve to 5-10 overall, 2-0 in conference play and win back-to-back games for the first time this season.
With the score tied 2-2 heading into the 10th inning in game one, the Bulldogs nudged out in front as Jenny Wallace and Sherri Kolb each had RBI singles giving Gardner-Webb a 4-2 advantage. Freshman Lisa Dronkers (Green Cove Springs, Fla.) was placed on second in accordance with the international tiebreak rule at the start of the tenth and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Dianna Korcak (Clearwater, Fla.). With one out, Janine Palumbo (Palm Harbor, Fla.) singled and Bridget Starry (San Diego, Calif.) walked to load the bases and Jill Bandhauer (Crystal River, Fla.) singled home Dronkers to cut the Bulldogs' lead in half at 4-3. Coburn stepped to the plate and drilled a line drive over the centerfielder's head scoring Starry and pinch runner Jennifer O'Malley (Ormond Beach, Fla.) giving the Dolphins the thrilling 5-4 victory.
Starry (4-3) earned the win pitching a complete game giving up an earned run, while striking out two and also went 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored. Coburn and Bandhauer each finished 2-for-5, respectively, with two RBI apiece.
In the nightcap, Cadarette hit a sharp single up the middle allowing Monica McGee (Starke, Fla.) to score the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as the Dolphins rallied once again to defeat the Bulldogs, 2-1. Freshman Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) (1-7) pitched her fourth-consecutive complete game and earned her first collegiate victory tossing 10.0 innings, while not allowing an earned run and recording a season-high nine strikeouts.
After seven innings, neither team had scored a run until Gardner-Webb broke through in the eighth with Rachael Riopel delivering an RBI single making it 1-0 Bulldogs. JU countered in the bottom of the inning as junior Ronda Campo (Kirkland, Wash.) had an RBI single through the left side scoring McGee making it 1-1.
Cadarette finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Campo went 1-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Dolphins offensively in game two.
JU travels to Normal, Ala., for the Bulldog Classic hosted by Alabama A&M Saturday and Sunday at Bulldog Field. The Dolphins face the host Bulldogs Saturday morning at 9 a.m., followed by an afternoon game against Savannah State at 1 p.m. and finish the day playing Jacksonville State at 7 p.m.