SATURDAY, MARCH 01, 2003
Softball's Katie Dobson Tosses No-Hitter Against Alabama A&M; Dolphins Cruise at Bulldog Classic
March 1, 2003
NORMAL, Ala. - Jacksonville University freshman Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) pitched the program's first no-hitter against Alabama A&M Saturday and the Dolphins breezed past the Bulldogs, 13-0, in five innings at the Bulldog Classic hosted by Alabama A&M at Bulldog Field. In the Dolphins' second game, freshman Amanda Deen (Jacksonville/Baldwin) tossed a complete-game, one-hit shutout, against Savannah State to earn her first collegiate victory as JU pounded the Tigers, 19-0, in five innings. JU improves to 7-10 on the season and wins its fourth-straight game.
JU jumped all over A&M in the first inning scoring eight runs on five hits. Junior Dianna Korcak (Clearwater, Fla.) led off the inning with a double and after Janine Palumbo (Palm Harbor, Fla.) reached on a fielder's choice and Bridget Starry (San Diego, Calif.) walked to load the bases, freshman Melissa Coburn (Crystal River, Fla.) delivered a two-run double to center field. Junior Sonja Cadarette (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) singled scoring Starry and an error by left fielder Taryn Hartley allowed Coburn and Cadarette to score to make it 5-0. Korcak came up for the second time in the inning and hit a two-run triple down the left field line and Palumbo capped off the scoring with an RBI double scoring Korcak to give JU an 8-0 lead.
Dobson (2-7) kept the Bulldogs' bats in check the entire game and gave up only two walks and struck out five, while not allowing a runner past first base, in winning her second-straight decision. Junior Ronda Campo (Kirkland, Wash.) finished 3-for-4 with four RBI, while Korcak went 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored. Cadarette went 2-for-4 with two RBI and freshman reserve Crystal Howland (Live Oak, Fla.) went 1-for-2 with her first collegiate RBI.
In the Dolphins' afternoon game, Deen only allowed a lead-off single to Samantha Ayers in the first inning and the Dolphins pounded out 21 hits en route to scoring a season-high 19 runs in five innings. JU scored 10 runs on 10 hits in the second inning highlighted by an RBI double from Palumbo, a two-run triple from Cadarette, RBI singles from Campo and Bandhauer and three RBI from Korcak on two singles.
Palumbo led the Dolphins' offensively finishing 2-for-2 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI, while Cadarette went 3-for-3 with a triple and three RBI. Freshman Jill Bandhauer (Crystal River, Fla.) went 3-for-4 with three RBI and junior Monica McGee (Starke, Fla.) went 3-for-3 with two RBI as everyone in the Dolphins' lineup had at least one hit.
Deen, making her first collegiate start, tossed a complete-game striking out 11, while giving up three walks.
The Dolphins' final game against Jacksonville State was canceled due to inclement field conditions.
JU faces Savannah State tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. in its final game at the Bulldog Classic hosted by Alabama A&M at Bulldog Field.