FRIDAY, MARCH 05, 2004
Softball Blanks Coastal Carolina, 3-0, at Speedline Invitational
March 5, 2004
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Junior righthander Stacey Bell (Jacksonville/Terry Parker) threw a complete-game shutout, scattering five hits and striking out four, as JU blanked Coastal Carolina, 3-0, to earn a split on the first day of the Speedline Invitational in Clearwater, Fla. The Dolphins lost to Rutgers, 6-1, in the opener after allowing six runs in the final two innings. JU (8-15) will play No. 14 Oregon and Temple on day two of the four-day tourney.
Junior first baseman Lauren Redfern (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) and sophomore outfielder Ashley Houston (Glen St. Mary, Fla.) each had a pair of hits for the Dolphins against Coastal Carolina. Bell (4-4) won for the third time in her last four starts and has now allowed just three runs in her last four outings.
JU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third. Houston singled to lead off the inning and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by second baseman Ronda Campo (Kirkland, Wash.). After Monica McGee (Starke, Fla.) was hit by a pitch, senior shortstop Dianna Korcak (Clearwater, Fla.) singled to left scoring Houston. Two batters later, Redfern singled to center scoring pinch runner Jamie Ross (Shoreline, Wash.) to give JU the early advantage. The Dolphins added an insurance run in the sixth on an RBI single by Campo.
Christine Doyle suffered the loss for Coastal Carolina, allowing three runs (one earned) on eight hits.
JU led Rutgers in the first game of the day 1-0 entering the top of the sixth inning, but the Scarlet Knights exploded for three runs on four hits off JU starter Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.). Rutgers added three more runs in the seventh thanks to three hits and three wild pitches by Dopson (3-7), who allowed six runs on nine hits and struck out six in the loss. Korcak and Redfern each had a pair of hits to lead the Dolphins.