TUESDAY, APRIL 08, 2003
Sonja Cadarette, Ashley Houston Power Softball Past Webber International, 5-0 & 5-2
April 8, 2003
BABSON PARK, Fla. - Jacksonville University junior Sonja Cadarette (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) hit a bases-clearing double in the fifth inning of game one against Webber International to lead the Dolphins to 5-0 victory, while freshman Ashley Houston (Glen St. Mary, Fla.) had her own bases-clearing double in the fifth of game two en route to a 5-2 win as JU (21-27) swept the Warriors in non-conference action Tuesday afternoon from the WIU Softball Field.
JU avenged its loss to Webber in its inaugural game at the JU Softball Complex back in January, pounding out 19 hits in its doubleheader Tuesday with the Warriors. Cadarette finished with four hits, three RBI and two runs scored, while Houston had two hits, four RBI and scored a run.
In game one, JU broke open a scoreless game in the fifth inning as freshman Janine Palumbo (Palm Harbor, Fla.) reached on an error from rightfielder Kassandra Hilson and pitcher Bridget Starry (San Diego, Calif.) and freshman Jill Bandhauer (Crystal River, Fla.) followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases. Cadarette stepped up and hit a line-drive double to left center to plate Palumbo, Starry and Bandhauer to make it 3-0. Leftfielder Melissa Coburn (Crystal River, Fla.) followed with another double to left center to make it 4-0 and Houston had a single to right field to score Coburn to give JU a 5-0 advantage.
Starry (11-10) scattered six hits over 7.0 innings and struck out four, while not issuing a walk, to earn her third shutout of the season. Shortstop Dianna Korcak (Clearwater, Fla.) finished 3-for-4 and Cadarette also went 3-for-4 with three RBI, while Coburn finished 1-for-2 with an RBI and first baseman Ronda Campo (Kirkland, Wash.) finished with a pair of singles.
Freshman Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) struck out 10 batters for the third time in her last four games as the Dolphins cruised to a 5-2 victory in the nightcap. JU once again broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning as Cadarette, junior Monica McGee (Starke, Fla.) and Campo all singled to load the bases. Houston cleared the bases and gave the Dolphins a 3-0 lead with one swing of the bat, lining a double to right center. A fielding error by shortstop Marin Lazaris allowed Houston to score and Starry drove home the Dolphins' fifth run with a fielder's choice.
Dobson (8-17) opened the game with four-straight strikeouts and twice struck out the side, giving up just two earned runs, to earn the win. Houston finished 1-for-3 with three RBI, while Korcak, Palumbo, Cadarette, Coburn, McGee and Campo each added a hit.
JU returns to action Friday for its final home games in its inaugural season against Savannah St. in a non-conference doubleheader at the JU Softball Complex at 2 p.m.