THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2005
Softball Sweeps Atlantic Sun Opening Doubleheader vs. Campbell
March 24, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Two complete-game shutouts from Dolphin pitchers Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) and Shannon Jensen (Callahan, Fla.) led JU to a doubleheader sweep over Campbell, 5-0 and 1-0, Thursday evening at the JU Softball Complex. Dobson (8-7) struck out six while giving up three hits in 7.0 innings of work in game one, while Jensen (5-7) tossed 9.0 innings, allowing only four hits while fanning a career-high 12. The freshman Jensen also had the game-winning hit in the nightcap for the Dolphins (16-18, 2-0 A-Sun), driving in pinch runner Ashley Houston (Glen St. Mary's, Fla.) with two down in the bottom of the ninth to win it. It is JU's second sweep in program history in Atlantic Sun Conference action, following the sweep of Gardner-Webb in the program's inaugural year.
In the second game, JU could not find a solution to Campbell's pitcher Lauren Caviness, as the freshman lefty retired 14 Dolphins before Pestrak broke up the no-no with a bunt single.
The Fighting Camels (18-13, 0-2 A-Sun) had a chance to score in the sixth, getting runners on second and third with two outs in the frame. But Jensen got Chelsea Gates to strike out swinging to end the threat.
Game one saw JU take advantage of two Campbell miscues to plate five runs in the game. The Dolphins struck in the second, loading the bases with two outs after an error by Camel pitcher Lexi Myers and a hit batsman by the junior. Houston drove in the first run with a bunt single, while junior shortstop Stephanie Farabee (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day) drew a walk, her second of the year, on a 3-2 count to force in junior Kacey Yourous (Hardin, Ky.) to put JU up 2-0.
The Dolphins added three more in the fourth as junior Katie Pestrak (Gainesville, Fla.) singled home Yourous, who led off the inning with her second double of the season. Farabee drove in Pestrak with a single through the left side, while Houston made a heads-up running play, scoring from second as Farabee was forced out on a close play at second. The shutout was Dobson's third straight and fourth complete-game shutout in five starts. Myers (8-4) gave up seven hits and five runs, three earned, in 6.0 innings in the loss.
"Our pitchers were lights out tonight," said JU head coach Jeff Franquet. "It was a shame that one of those freshmen pitchers in game two had to lose. Both pitched their hearts out tonight. Thumbs up to Shannon (Jensen) for hanging in there and getting a clutch hit to win it for us. I'm just proud of our team, as they found a way to win tonight."
The Dolphins continue A-Sun play in a 5 p.m. doubleheader against Gardner-Webb on Saturday afternoon at the JU Softball Complex.