FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2003
Belmont Earns Split with Softball, 6-0 & 1-3
March 21, 2003
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Jacksonville University junior Bridget Starry (San Diego, Calif.) won her fifth-straight decision, pitching a complete-game three-hitter, and shortstop Dianna Korcak (Clearwater, Fla.) went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Dolphins past Belmont, 6-0, in the first game of an Atlantic Sun doubleheader Friday at Aquinas Field. The Dolphins (16-18, 5-5 A-Sun) fell to the Bruins in game two, 3-1.
The Dolphins jumped out in front early in game one as Korcak led off the game with a single and later stole second. With one out, Starry hit her second home run in as many games, a two-run shot to left field, to make it 2-0. Freshman Jill Bandhauer (Crystal River, Fla.) followed with a double and leftfielder Melissa Coburn (Crystal River, Fla.) walked to put runners on first and second with two outs. Second baseman Ashley Houston (Glen St. Mary, Fla.) singled to left field and an error by leftfielder Christi Davis allowed Bandhauer and Coburn to score to give JU a 4-0 advantage.
JU added two more runs in the sixth as junior Monica McGee (Starke, Fla.) and Korcak each delivered RBI singles to give the Dolphins a comfortable 6-0 lead. Starry (9-6) kept the Bruins off-balanced the entire game and tossed her second shutout of the season, while going 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. Korcak finished 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Bandhauer went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles.
In game two, the Bruins broke a 1-1 tie scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth as Amanda Jones had an RBI double and Sara Peeples added an RBI single as Belmont held on for the 3-1 victory.
The Bruins managed to get on the board first taking a 1-0 lead in the opening frame with first baseman Heidi Lane collecting the RBI single. JU tied the game in its half of the second as an error by second baseman Angie Tawwater allowed Bandhauer to score.
Bruins' starter Mandy Miles went the distance to earn the win allowing just three hits, while recording three strikeouts.
Bandhauer, Houston and McGee each had a hit for JU in the nightcap. Freshman Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) (5-12) was the hard-luck loser giving up three runs in 6.0 innings of work.
JU travels to Birmingham, Ala., Sunday for an A-Sun doubleheader against Samford at Bulldog Field at 3 p.m. (EST)