SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 2003
No. 14 Florida State Clips Softball, 9-0 & 2-0, in Inaugural Season Finale
April 19, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Jacksonville University softball team was swept by No. 14 Florida State, 9-0 in five innings and 2-0, Saturday afternoon in non-conference action at the Seminole Softball Complex in its final series in its inaugural season. Junior shortstop Dianna Korcak (Clearwater, Fla.) led the Dolphins offensively finishing 3-for-4 with a walk in the two games. JU finishes its first season 23-33 overall, 6-16 in the Atlantic Sun.
In game two, FSU scored a pair of runs in the first inning as Seminoles' starter Jessica van der Linden had an RBI triple and designated player Elisa Vasquez followed with an RBI single to plate van der Linden to make it 2-0. Two runs proved to be all van der Linden would need as she struck out six straight at one point to earn the complete-game victory, while recording 10 strikeouts total and finishing 2-for-3 with an RBI.
JU loaded the bases in the first inning as Korcak led off with a single and later stole second. Junior Bridget Starry (San Diego, Calif.) was hit by a pitch and freshman Jill Bandhauer (Crystal River, Fla.) followed with a bloop single to load the bases with just one out, but JU was unable to capitalize as van der Linden struck out the final two batters.
Korcak finished 2-for-3 to lead the Dolphins at the plate, while Bandauer went 1-for-3. Freshman Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) (9-20) scattered seven hits over 6.0 innings, but earned the loss giving up two runs with one strikeout.
In the opener, the Seminoles scored three runs in the first and second innings, respectively, highlighted by Brandi Stuart's two-run home run in the opening frame and Tatiana George's two-run single in the second. FSU added three more runs in the fourth as first baseman Beth Wade had a two-run double and Carly Brieske drove in a run with a fielder's choice to make it 9-0. Casey Hunter struck out six in 4.0 innings to earn the win.
The Dolphins had an opportunity to score in the first inning in the first game as well, as Korcak led off with a single down the left field line and advanced to second on freshman Janine Palumbo's (Palm Harbor, Fla.) conference-leading 24th sacrifice bunt of the season. But Korcak would be left stranded as Hunter retired the final two batters.
Korcak, who finished the season with a team-high .346 average, went 1-for-1 with a walk, while Starry (12-13) finished 1-for-2, but picked up the loss allowing eight earned runs, while striking out two.
JU closes out its inaugural season with a 23-33 overall mark, 6-16 in A-Sun conference play.