SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2005
Softball Takes Three Wins on Day One of JU Triangle
Feb. 26, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior Lauren Redfern (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) and junior Kacey Yourous (Hardin, Ky.) both hit home runs as the JU softball team came away with three wins in the JU Triangle, the first regular-season tournament hosted by the Dolphins in the program's three-year history. The Dolphins downed Webber International, 5-1, in the first game before junior pitcher Randa Blenden (Crawford, Texas) hurled the fifth perfect game in JU history in a 14-0 win over Savannah State. JU finished off the afternoon by defeating Webber International, 10-1 in six innings. The Dolphins moved to 8-9 on the season.
Junior Janine Palumbo (Clearwater, Fla.) led all hitters with a .556 average in three games, including two doubles in the nightcap against Webber International. The Dolphins as a team batted .433 with 10 doubles on the day.
Game one saw JU go ahead in the first inning on an RBI double by Redfern, which scored junior shortstop Stephanie Farabee (Jacksonville/Arlington County Day). Redfern made the score 2-0 when she crossed the plate on shortstop Mallorie Horton's error. The Dolphins scored again in the fifth when senior leftfielder Mayte Diaz's (Silver Springs, Fla.) single brought home senior Jamie Ross (Shoreline, Wash.). The Warriors scored one in the top of the sixth, but JU answered with two more runs in the bottom of the frame to give the Dolphins a 5-1 victory.
Junior pitcher Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) threw 7.0 innings, allowing only three hits while striking out 13, one shy of her career high, to move to 3-3 on the season.
Yourous went 2-for-2 in the Savannah State game, including her first career home run, a three-run blast in the bottom of the fourth that ended the scoring. Sophomore Stephanie Beasley (Tallahasse, Fla.) also went 2-for-2 in the game with 2 RBI.
Blenden was brilliant in her first start for JU, striking out seven of the 15 Tiger batters she faced in the fifth perfect game thrown at JU in the program's three-year history.
In the day's final game, JU put up a five spot in the top of the first, led by back-to-back RBI singles from Beasley and junior centerfielder Katie Pestrak (Gainesville, Fla.). Webber International answered in the bottom of the inning when Kassandra Hilson scored from first on a Michelle Maiel single to left that got away from Diaz as she tried to field the ball on a short hop.
The Dolphins got another run in the fifth on a Beasley double, which scored Redfern, before ending the game in the sixth. Palumbo drove a 2-1 pitch from Kayla Palmer to right field to score junior Ashley Houston (Glen St. Mary's, Fla.) and freshman Jillian Mirante (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.). Redfern followed that with a two-run shot to dead center, her third career home run at JU, to give the Dolphins the 10-1 win.
Sophomore Katie Buell (Alpharetta, Ga.) hurled 6.0 innings, striking out five while giving up only five hits and one run, none earned, to move to 2-3 on the season.
"We had a great team effort today," said JU head coach Jeff Franquet. "Our pitchers threw very well, staying ahead in the count while having great command. The defense was solid once again for us."
The JU Triangle continues Sunday with the Dolphins set to take on Webber International at 10 a.m., 12 noon and 3 p.m. at the JU Softball Complex.