WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2005
Softball Earns First Sweep of 2005 over South Carolina State, 6-1 and 8-3
Feb. 16, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior shortstop Stephanie Farabee (Jacksonville/Arlington County Day) went 4-for-8 with four runs scored as JU swept South Carolina State, 6-1 and 8-3, in a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon in the Dolphins' home opener. Pitchers Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) and Shannon Jensen (Callahan, Fla.) both picked up their first win of the season to move JU to 3-6, while the Bulldogs fall to 0-3.
Game two saw Farabee break out in her first game in the leadoff spot for the Dolphins, as she went 3-for-4 with a triple and three runs scored. Senior first baseman Lauren Redfern (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) had two doubles and an RBI while going 3-for-3 for JU.
The Dolphins struck in the bottom of the first with two runs. Farabee, who led off the inning with a single, scored from first when SCSU pitcher Lesley Chavous threw a ball into the right field corner on junior Janine Palumbo's (Clearwater, Fla.) sacrifice attempt, who also scored on the play.
JU struck again in the third with three, when senior Jamie Ross (Shoreline, Wash.) scored as shortstop Latihma Warrell couldn't corral a throw from second baseman Yashira Butler. Junior Lindsey Freitag (Lake Stevens, Wash.) scored on a Chavous wild pitch, while junior Katie Pestrak (Gainesville, Fla.) brought home senior Mayte Diaz (Silver Springs, Fla.) with a sacrifice fly to put the Dolphins up 5-0.
JU scored a run in the fourth and two in the sixth to push the score to 8-1, but South Carolina State would not go away. The Bulldogs' Shanika Mitchell, who drew a leadoff walk, advanced to third when sophomore Stephanie Beasley (Tallahassee, Fla.) threw a ball in the dirt to first base on Sade Wilson's grounder. Jensen, with one out, got Butler to strike out, but Cidney Chester hit a double into left center to plate both Mitchell and Wilson. Jensen then got Warrell to fly out to right to end the threat and the game, 8-3.
Jensen went 7.0 innings, allowing five hits and three runs, none earned, while striking out seven for her first collegiate win.
In game one, the Dolphins had their 4-5-6 hitters come through, as Freitag, Diaz and Pestrak combined to go 5-for-7 with four RBI and three runs scored. Dobson also had her best game of the season, striking out six while allowing only one unearned run in 7.0 innings.
JU put up a four spot in the first, as Freitag hit a liner into left center for a double, bringing Palumbo and Farabee around to score. Diaz followed with a single to plate Freitag while Diaz went to second on the throw home. Pestrak then drove in Diaz with a double down the right field line.
The Dolphins would plate two more in the fifth, while South Carolina State got one in the sixth.
JU travels to Tampa for the USF-Wilson Tournament, which starts Sat., Feb. 19 as the Dolphins open with the host Bulls at 4 p.m. at the USF Softball Field.