THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2004
Softball falls to No. 17 Florida
March 18, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Dolphins would lead the game with eight hits, but it wasn't enough as JU was defeated by No. 17 Florida, 4-2, Thursday night in front of a capacity crowd at the JU Softball Complex. The Gators (25-3) won for the sixth time in a row, behind the complete-game effort of Jenny Gladding, who allowed two runs on eight hits. The Dolphins (11-23, 2-2 A-Sun) have played seven top-25 opponents this season.
Florida scored their first runs in the first inning from a Jenny Gladding solo home run off of JU starter Stacey Bell (Jacksonville, Fla.). The Gators added one more run in the inning from a Melissa Zick double to left center field to score Mylin Prieto at second base. The Gators would get another run in the second inning. JU then used Freshman Katie Buell (Alpharetta, Ga.) in relief and she would go on to retire 12 Gators batters in a row.
The Dolphins scored twice late in the game. Senior Monica McGee (Starke, Fla.) would single to right center field to lead off the sixth inning. Senior third baseman Sonja Cadarette (Jacksonville, Fla.) would use a sacrifice bunt and an error on the play to allow McGee to advance to third base. Next junior Lauren Redfern (Jacksonville, Fla.) would single to right field allowing McGee to score. In the seventh, Cadarette would once again use an error by the Gators to help the Dolphins out by scoring junior Kacey Yourous (Radcliff, Ky.) from third, but the Gators downed the late rally. Senior Dianna Korcak (Clearwater, Fla.), along with McGee and Redfern, had two hits each to lead the Dolphins.
JU will return to action tomorrow at home against Arkansas staring at 5:00 p.m..