MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2005
Softball Shut Down by Seton Hall, 1-0, in USF Wilson Tournament Finale
Feb. 21, 2005
TAMPA, Fla. - Seton Hall's All-American Megan Meyer threw a no-hitter against the JU softball team as the Dolphins fell in their USF Wilson Tournament finale to the Pirates, 1-0, Monday afternoon at the USF Softball Field. The loss dropped JU to 5-9 on the season, while Seton Hall moved to 2-3.
Seton Hall got their only run in the top of the fourth on two odd plays. With one out, the Pirates' Anne Leone reached after swinging at sophomore Katie Buell's (Alpharetta, Ga.) third strike, which got away from senior catcher Lauren Redfern (Jacksonville/Sandalwood), allowing Leone to reach base. Buell got the next batter to fly out, but Seton Hall's Katie Pierce got a hold of Buell's next offering and drove it to the left field wall. Senior Mayte Diaz (Silver Springs, Fla.) tried to make the catch but ran into the fence at full speed and fell to the ground. Leone crossed the plate while Pierce was thrown out at home by junior centerfielder Katie Pestrak (Gainesville, Fla.), who backed up Diaz on the play.
The Dolphins had a chance to tie up the game in the seventh, as freshman Jillian Mirante (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Redfern drew back-to-back one-out walks in the bottom of the frame. But Meyer buckled down, getting junior Lindsey Freitag (Lake Stevens, Wash.) to strike out looking while Diaz popped out to second to end the game.
JU's pitchers kept fighting out of jams all afternoon, stranding 10 Pirates on base during the game. Freshman Shannon Jensen (Callahan, Fla.) started and went 3.0 innings, giving up two hits while striking out two. Buell (1-3) gave up three hits and one walk with one strikeout in 4.0 innings of relief.
Meyer, a Third-Team All-American in 2004, threw 7.0 innings, striking out nine and walking three for her first win of 2005. It was the first time the Dolphins had been no hit in the program's 134 games.
The Dolphins host Savannah State and Webber International in the JU Triangle Tournament Sat., Feb. 26 and Sun., Feb. 27. JU opens the tournament against Webber International at 10 a.m. on Saturday.