Softball Falls to No. 4 Stanford, USF in Day One of USF Wilson Tournament

Feb. 19, 2005

USF Box Score
No. 4 Stanford Box Score

TAMPA, Fla. - JU's bid for an upset disappeared in the sixth inning, as the Dolphins fell to fourth-ranked Stanford, 2-1, in their second game of the USF Wilson Tournament at the USF Softball Field Saturday evening. JU (3-8) fell in their first game of the day to the host Bulls, 10-1, in six innings.

The Dolphins took the lead in the day's second game in the top of the fifth, when senior Kacey Yourous (Hardin, Ky.) drilled a ball into right center for her first career triple to lead off the frame. Cardinal pitcher Becky McCullough settled down to get two outs before facing freshman Jillian Mirante (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), who beat out an infield single to third base to bring home Yourous, giving JU a 1-0 lead.

JU looked to be in control, but Stanford (8-1) would not quit. After a Catalina Morris single to lead off the sixth, the Cardinal finally took advantage of a JU error. Jackie Rinehart reached when junior Lindsey Freitag (Lake Stevens, Wash.) couldn't handle the bunt attempt. A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position, where Michelle Smith singled to bring in both runs. The Dolphins could not bounce back in the top of the seventh, giving Stanford the 2-1 victory.

Junior pitcher Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) went six innings, striking out three while giving up three hits and one earned run to fall to 1-3. Stanford's Lauren Nydam picked up her first win of the season, throwing two perfect innings in relief of McCullough.

In game one, the Dolphins took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when senior first baseman Lauren Redfern's (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) sacrifice fly brought home junior shortstop Stephanie Farabee (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day), who led off the inning with her third double of the year. It was just the second run JU had scored against USF in seven outings.

The Bulls tied up the game in the next frame when Tiffany Stewart doubled in Sarah Watson with two outs. USF struck again in the third when Christie Chapman led off the inning with her second homer of the season. Three batters later, Bree Spence hit a two-run blast make the score 4-1.

The Bulls added another run in the fourth before the floodgates opened. After relief pitcher Randa Blenden (Crawford, Texas) got the first hitter to ground out, seven straight hitters reached base, including six singles, to put five runs on the board to give USF the 10-1 win in six innings.

JU continues play in the USF Wilson Tournament at 11:30 a.m. Sunday against Hofstra at the USF Softball Field. The Dolphins later take on Florida A&M at 8 p.m. to close out the second day of the tournament.