THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2004
Softball Sweeps South Carolina State, 7-0 and 9-0
April 22, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore righthander Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) and freshman righthander Katie Buell (Alpharetta, Ga.) each tossed complete-game shutouts, while juniors Lauren Redfern (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) and Mayte Diaz (Silver Springs, Fla.) and freshman Kim Burns (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day) each hit home runs to lead JU to a doubleheader sweep over South Carolina State, 7-0 and 9-0, Thursday afternoon at the JU Softball Complex. The Dolphins (20-39) limited the Lady Bulldogs to just four hits on the day and played flawlessly in the field.
Senior centerfielder Monica McGee (Starke, Fla.) had four hits on the day to lead JU, while Diaz and senior shortstop Dianna Korcak (Clearwater, Fla.) each had three hits. Korcak enters the final four games of the season just one triple shy of the NCAA single-season record of 16. Dobson scattered three hits and struck out nine in 7.0 innings of the opener for her third shutout of the season. Redfern's grand slam sparked a five-run second inning and provided the Dolphins with all the scoring they would need. Donisha Johnson suffered the loss for South Carolina State (12-25), allowing seven runs on eight hits in 6.0 innings of work.
Buell took a no-hitter into the fifth and final inning before surrendering the only hit of game two en route to her third shutout of the season. Diaz hit a solo homer in the second as JU opened up an early lead. Janine Palumbo (Clearwater, Fla.) doubled and later scored on one of five Lady Bulldog errors to give the Dolphins a 2-0 lead. JU added a run in the third on an RBI double by Sonja Cadarette (Jacksonville/Sandalwood).
The Dolphins blew the game open in the fourth, scoring six runs on four hits and three South Carolina State errors as JU sent 11 players to the plate. Burns provided the big blow with a towering pinch-hit two-run homer to left field on the very first pitch. Jahkesha Abraham suffered the loss in game two, allowing nine runs on eight hits in 3.1 innings of work.
JU returns to action on Friday, April 30 with a doubleheader against Savannah State beginning at 5 p.m. at the JU Softball Complex.