Softball Splits Doubleheader with Jacksonville St., 5-1 & 0-8

March 20, 2003

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. - Jacksonville University junior Bridget Starry (San Diego, Calif.) hit a two-run home run and third baseman Sonja Cadarette (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) added a three-run blast as part of a five-run sixth inning to lift the Dolphins past Jacksonville St., 5-1, in the first game of an Atlantic Sun doubleheader Thursday at University Field. The Gamecocks shut out the Dolphins (15-17, 4-4 A-Sun), 8-0, in game two in five innings.

Trailing 1-0 in game one, the Dolphins got things going in their half of the sixth as junior Dianna Korcak (Cleawater, Fla.) led off the inning with a single. After catcher Janine Palumbo (Palm Harbor, Fla.) had a sacrifice bunt to advance Korcak, Starry hit a two-run shot to left field to give JU a 2-1 lead. Freshman Jill Bandhauer (Crystal River, Fla.) kept the Dolphins' offensive attack going with a single and Melissa Coburn (Crystal River, Fla.) doubled to center field putting runners at second and third with just one out. Cadarette made it 5-1 JU with a line-drive home run over the right field fence, her first collegiate home run, to cap the Dolphins' scoring.

The Gamecocks struck first in the second inning as shortstop Rachel Countryman led off the inning with a walk and later scored on a double from first baseman Annie Davis to make it 1-0.

Starry (8-6) won her fourth-straight decision tossing a complete game and went 1-for-4 at the plate with a home run and two RBI. Cadarette finished 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBI, while Korcak went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

"It was huge," said head coach Jeff Franquet, when commenting on the Dolphins' victory in game one. "It was very important for us to get that first victory over Jacksonville St. in the opening game of our roadtrip."

In the nightcap, the Gamecocks scored three runs in the first inning highlighted by Jessica Ford's three-run home run and never looked back. JSU tacked on a single run in the fourth and exploded for four runs in the fifth to cruise to the 8-0 victory.

Veronica Davis earned the win for the Gamecocks pitching a complete game, while striking out eight, and Ford finished 3-for-3 with three RBI.

Bandhauer, Palumbo and Cadarette each had a hit to lead JU offensively. Dolphins' starter Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) (5-11) struck out five in a losing effort.

JU faces Belmont in an Atlantic Sun doubleheader Friday at Aquinas Field at 1:00 p.m. (CST)