SUNDAY, MARCH 06, 2005
Softball Drops Final Two in USF Louisville Slugger

March 6, 2005

Chattanooga Box Score
USF Box Score

TAMPA, Fla. - After getting shut out in Sunday's first game against Chattanooga, 2-0, the JU softball team staged a rally in the bottom of the seventh before falling to USF, 8-6, on the final day of action at the USF Louisville Slugger Tournament at the USF Softball Field. Junior Lindsey Freitag (Lake Stevens, Wash.) went 2-for-3 with three RBI and her second home run in the nightcap against the Bulls to lead the Dolphins (8-14).

Against USF, the Dolphins started showing life at the plate, pounding out 11 hits against the Bulls staff. Junior shortstop Stephanie Farabee (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day) went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored from the lead-off spot, while junior Katie Pestrak (Gainesville, Fla.) and senior Lauren Redfern (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) both went 2-for-4.

JU fell behind in the top of the first when Danielle Urbanik hit a two-run blast, her third homer of the season, to put USF up 2-0. The Dolphins answered in the bottom of the first with a double steal by Redfern and senior Jamie Ross (Shoreline, Wash.), who scored on the play.

The Bulls (15-12) added another run in the second on Tiffany Stewart's third home run of the year before they broke out with five runs in the third. Dolphin junior Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) walked in a run to start the inning, while Carly Griffin hit the major blow with a two-run double. Christie Chapman ended the scoring with a sacrifice fly, giving USF an 8-1 lead.

The Dolphins fought back in the bottom half of the frame, with a Redfern double driving in Farabee before Freitag hit one out towards left, bringing JU within 4.

JU put a scare into the host Bulls in the seventh, plating two runs with one out on RBI singles from Freitag and Pestrak. But Urbanik came in and shut the door, allowing only one hit and one run to score in 2/3rds of an inning to get her first save of the year.

"Our offensive effort tonight was the best we've had all year," said JU head coach Jeff Franquet. "We need to build on this and get better at the plate each game."

In the day's first game against Chattanooga, the Dolphins managed only two hits against Lacey Swarthout, who struck out eight JU batters in her eighth win of the season. Freshman Shannon Jensen (Callahan, Fla.) pitched well, going 6.0 innings, striking out nine while allowing only four hits. One hit was all the Mocs (13-9) needed, as Brittney Whittier launched her second home run of the season over the left field wall, bringing home Ashlan Clarkson to give UTC the 2-0 win.

"We'd like to win every game. Losing four games this weekend by six runs combined is tough. Just one or two plays in each of those games goes differently, and we pick up a win. But we'll build on the great effort we got tonight and hopefully turn it around next week."

The Dolphins host the Atlantic Coast Conference's Virginia Tech in a doubleheader Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the JU Softball Field.