SUNDAY, APRIL 06, 2003
Mercer Outlasts Softball in Back-to-Back Extra Inning Games, 9-2 and 4-2
April 6, 2003
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville University softball team lost both games of an Atlantic Sun doubleheader to Mercer, 9-2 and 4-2, with both games being decided in the 10th inning, Sunday afternoon at the JU Softball Complex. Junior shortstop Dianna Korcak (Clearwater, Fla.) had four hits, including her conference-leading sixth triple, and scored two runs in the doubleheader to lead the Dolphins (19-27, 6-12 A-Sun) offensively.
In game two, Mercer jumped out in front in the first inning as Stephanee Finger was hit by a pitch and later scored on a wild pitch to make it 1-0. The Dolphins tied the game in their half of the first as Korcak led off with a single and later scored on a double from junior Bridget Starry (San Diego, Calif.). The Bears reclaimed the lead in the second as Amanda Cosson had an RBI single to make it 2-1 Mercer.
JU tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth when junior Monica McGee (Starke, Fla.) had an infield RBI single to score freshman Melissa Coburn (Crystal River, Fla.). The game remained knotted at 2-2 until the 10th inning when pinch runner Chris Mattice was placed on second in accordance with the international tiebreak rule and later scored the go-ahead run on a single from Kristin Bissell. Stacey Nagel added an RBI single to make it 4-2 and the Bears held on for the two-run victory.
Korcak finished 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Starry went 1-for-5 with an RBI and McGee went 1-for-2 with an RBI. Freshman Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) (7-17) earned the loss tossing a complete game, giving up two earned runs with six strikeouts.
In the opener, Korcak led off the Dolphins' half of the first with a triple to left center and scored when shortstop Bissell's relay throw to third went into the Dolphins' dugout to give JU a quick 1-0 advantage. The Bears battled back and tied the game in the fourth as Meghan Clark delivered an RBI double to make it 1-1.
JU had its best opportunity to win the game in the ninth as Starry and freshman Jill Bandhauer (Crystal River, Fla.) led off the inning with back-to-back singles and later advanced to second and third, respectively, on a sac bunt from Coburn. With runners on second and third with one out, the Dolphins were unable to produce a hit as reliever Kristi Montgomery retired the final two batters.
With the score still tied at 1-1 in the 10th, the Bears' bats came alive as they scored eight runs on eight hits to take a 9-1 lead. JU managed to get one run back as first baseman Ronda Campo (Kirkland, Wash.), who was placed at second at the start of the inning because of the tiebreak rule, scored on a throwing error from Amy Parbon to make it 9-2.
Korcak, Bandhauer and Campo each finished with two hits to lead the Dolphins at the plate, while Starry and McGee had a hit apiece. Starry (10-10) picked up the loss, giving up just two earned runs, while recording four strikeouts.
JU returns to action Tuesday when it travels to Babson Park, Fla., for a non-conference doubleheader with Webber International at 2:30 p.m.