WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2003
No. 23 South Florida Sweeps Softball, 3-0 & 10-1
March 26, 2003
TAMPA, Fla. - The Jacksonville University softball team was swept by No. 23 South Florida, 3-0 & 10-1 in five innings, in a non-conference doubleheader Wednesday at the USF Softball Complex. Freshman second baseman Ashley Houston (Glen St. Mary, Fla.) finished 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Dolphins.
In the nightcap, the Bulls opened up the scoring with two runs in their half of the first highlighted by an RBI triple from Carmela Liwag and a sacrifice fly from Courtney Lewellen to take a 2-0 lead. JU cut the Bulls' lead in half in the second as freshman Jill Bandhauer (Crystal River, Fla.) led off the inning reaching first on a fielding error from third baseman Krista Holle. Freshman Melissa Coburn (Crystal River, Fla.) moved Bandhauer over to second with a sac bunt and an RBI single from Houston allowed Bandhauer to score the Dolphins' lone run and make it 2-1.
South Florida pounded the Dolphins' pitching over the next two innings scoring four runs each in the second and third innings, respectively, to cruise to the 10-1 win in five innings. Liwag led the Bulls finishing 3-for-3 with a triple, a home run and four RBI.
Houston finished 1-for-2 with an RBI, while first baseman Ronda Campo (Kirkland, Wash.) went 1-for-1 with a walk. Junior Bridget Starry (San Diego, Calif.) (9-8) earned the loss for the Dolphins lasting just 3.0 innings giving up 11 hits and eight earned runs.
In the opening game, the Bulls scored singled runs in the first, second, and sixth innings to shut out the Dolphins 3-0. South Florida starter Leigh Ann Ellis tossed a complete-game, two-hit shutout, to earn her 19th victory of the season.
Houston finished 1-for-2 to lead JU at the plate, while Bandhauer went 1-for-3. Freshman Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) (5-14) picked up the loss giving up three runs, while striking out three in 6.0 innings of work.
JU (16-22, 5-7 A-Sun) returns home Wednesday, April 2 hosting Stetson in an Atlantic Sun doubleheader, which is the start of an eight-game homestand, at the JU Softball Complex at 1 p.m.