FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2004
Softball Splits Doubleheader With No. 11 Florida State
Feb. 20, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior righthander Stacey Bell (Jacksonville/Terry Parker) threw a complete-game three-hitter and sophomore catcher Janine Palumbo (Clearwater, Fla.) had a game-winning, two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning as JU beat No. 11 Florida State, 2-1, Friday night in the second game of a doubleheader in front of a near capacity crowd at the JU Softball Complex. The Seminoles (11-1) won the first game, 3-2, behind the complete-game effort of Casey Hunter, who allowed two runs on five hits. The Dolphins (6-7) have now beaten two top-25 teams this season after beating No. 22 Southern Illinois on Feb. 7.
JU pinch hitter Melissa Coburn (Crystal River, Fla.) and centerfielder Monica McGee (Starke, Fla.) had back-to-back two-out singles in the seventh and then advanced into scoring position on a passed ball. Senior shortstop Dianna Korcak (Clearwater, Fla.) was intentionally walked to load the bases for Palumbo, who sliced a 2-1 pitch down the right field line for the gamewinner.
Florida State, which had won 14 consecutive doubleheaders, tied the game in the fifth on a Kim Hoffer infield single. JU took a 1-0 lead in the first on a run-scoring triple from senior third baseman Sonja Cadarette (Jacksonville/Sandalwood), which plated Korcak, who singled to lead off the inning. It was the first triple allowed by the Seminoles in 67 games. All-American Jessica van der Linden (5-1) suffered her first loss of the season, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out 13.
Sophomore Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) suffered the loss for JU in game one, despite allowing just two earned runs on six hits and striking out four. Trailing 3-0 in the sixth, the Dolphins scored twice, but left three runners on when Kacy Yourous (Radcliff, Ky.) was called out for runner interference on a ball hit to second by Mayte Diaz (Silver Springs, Fla.), which would have scored two runs.
JU opens Atlantic Sun Conference play on Sunday at Gardner-Webb with a doubleheader at 1 p.m.