WEDNESDAY, APRIL 02, 2003
Softball Splits A-Sun Doubleheader with Stetson, 5-0 & 2-4
April 2, 2003
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville University softball team handed Stetson its first conference loss with a 4-2 victory in game two of its Atlantic Sun doubleheader to earn a split with the Hatters Wednesday afternoon at the JU Softball Complex. Stetson won the first game, 5-0. Junior third baseman Sonja Cadarette (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) finished 3-for-6 with a run scored to lead the Dolphins (17-23, 6-8) offensively, while junior Bridget Starry (San Diego, Calif.) earned the complete-game win, her 10th of the season, in the nightcap.
In game two, the Dolphins jumped out in front in the second inning as Cadarette led off with a single and later advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from freshman Lisa Dronkers (Green Cove Springs, Fla.). Second baseman Ashley Houston (Glen St. Mary, Fla.) delivered her first collegiate double down the left field line to plate Cadarette to make it 1-0. With one out and runners on first and second, Houston advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout from junior Monica McGee (Starke, Fla.) to give JU a 2-0 advantage.
The Hatters scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings with Holly Burris and Sherilynn Wilder each collecting RBI singles to tie the game at 2-2. But JU would not be denied as junior Ronda Campo (Kirkland, Wash.) led off the fifth with a single and later scored on a double from shortstop Dianna Korcak (Clearwater, Fla.) to make it 3-2. Starry singled to center field to put runners on the corners and an error on third baseman Melissa Wiggins allowed Korcak to score to give JU a two-run lead.
Cadarette finished 2-for-3 with a run, while Korcak went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Houston went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored to extend her hitting streak to four games. Starry (10-8) scattered six hits over seven innings to earn the victory and went 2-for-3 with a double at the plate.
In the opening game, Stetson struck first in the third inning taking a 1-0 lead as Wilder scored on a wild pitch from Dolphins' starter Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.). The game remained 1-0 until the seventh inning, but the Hatters managed to score four runs on two hits coupled with a miscue from rightfielder Jill Bandhauer (Crystal River, Fla.) to shut out the Dolphins, 5-0.
Freshman catcher Janine Palumbo (Palm Harbor, Fla.), Cadarette and Houston each had a hit to lead the Dolphins at the plate.
JU continues its eight-game homestand Friday when it hosts Troy St. in an Atlantic Sun doubleheader at the JU Softball Complex at 2 p.m.