SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2005
Softball Downs Hofstra, 2-0, at USF Wilson Tournament
Feb. 20, 2005
TAMPA, Fla. - After coming close to knocking off No. 4 Stanford Saturday night, the Dolphins finally came through with an upset, defeating preseason top-25 Hofstra, 2-0, on the second day of the USF Wilson Tournament in Tampa, Fla. Junior Katie Pestrak (Gainesville, Fla.) singled in the second inning with the bases loaded to bring in senior Kacey Yourous (Hardin, Ky.) to put the Dolphins up 1-0. JU (4-8) added the insurance run with two outs in the inning when junior Janine Palumbo (Clearwater, Fla.) drew a bases-loaded walk, forcing in senior Jamie Ross (Shoreline, Wash.).
The Pride (0-4), who was ranked 24th in the preseason NFCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, did not go away, making their biggest threat in the sixth. Kelly Morris and Hailey Clark both singled up the middle with one out, forcing out JU freshman pitcher Shannon Jensen (Callahan, Fla.). Junior pitcher Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) came in and got Tara Ulrich to strike out before Adrienne Clark hit a ground ball to junior second baseman Ashley Houston (Glen St. Mary's, Fla.), who flipped the ball to junior shortstop Stephanie Farabee (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day) for the force to get out of the jam.
Hofstra, who took Stanford to the last inning before the Cardinal advanced to the Women's College World Series last season, threatened again in the seventh, getting a leadoff single from Ashley Lane and a double from Pam Dreslinski to start the frame. But Dobson again got out of trouble, getting Courtney Oliver to pop out, Lisa Wambold to fly to shallow right, and Laura Sweeney to ground out to close out the game.
Jensen (2-3) went 5.1 innings, striking out five while walking one for her second win of the year. Dobson pitched 1.2 innings to earn the second save in JU softball history. Adrienne Clark went seven innings for the Pride, giving up no earned runs while striking out five to fall to 0-2.
JU faces Florida A&M at 8 p.m. Sunday before closing out the tournament against Seton Hall at 12 noon Monday at the USF Softball Field.