MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2004
Softball's Offense Stalls at USF/Wilson Invitational
Feb. 16, 2004
TAMPA, Fla. - The JU softball team ran into some hot pitching and couldn't get its offense going in the final three games of the USF/Wilson Tournament in Tampa, losing to Hofstra (5-0), host USF (5-0) and Seton Hall (6-2). The Dolphins also lost to No. 24 Michigan State, 4-3, in the tourney opener and are now 5-6 on the season following their fifth straight loss. After 11 games away from home, JU will finally open the home schedule with a doubleheader against Florida State, Friday at 4 p.m. at the JU Softball Complex.
Hofstra (1-1) shut out the Dolphins, 5-0, as Alexis Alcantara tossed a complete-game one-hitter, while striking out nine. Sophomore Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) suffered her second straight loss allowing five runs on 10 hits in 6.0 innings of work. Sophomore catcher Janine Palumbo (Clearwater, Fla.) had JU's lone hit in the first inning.
Host South Florida (9-2) scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to a 5-0 win over the Dolphins. Danielle Urbanik and Kasey Cash combined to shut out JU, allowing four hits and striking out four. Dianna Korcak (Clearwater, Fla.), Palumbo, Lauren Redfern (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) and Melissa Coburn (Crystal River, Fla.) each had a hit for the Dolphins, but JU left seven runners on base. Freshman Katie Buell (Alpharetta, Ga.) suffered her first loss of the season allowing five runs on nine hits, while walking three in 6.0 innings of work.
JU finally broke out of its scoring slump in its final game against Seton Hall (3-1), but the Pirates scored four runs in the final two innings to hang on for the 6-2 win. Sonja Cadarette (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) had a pair of hits, including her second home run of the season for the Dolphins, but Seton Hall starter Jessica Jones settled down to scatter four hits over 7.0 innings with four strikeouts. Trailing 2-0 in fourth, Cadarette blasted a homer to deep left center to make it 2-1. JU tied the game in the bottom of the fifth when Korcak singled home Ashley Houston (Glen St. Mary, Fla.), who reached on a three-base error after pinch-hitting for Ronda Campo (Kirkland, Wash.) to lead off the inning.