Softball Takes One from Gardner-Webb, 4-2, Before Rains Wash Out Nightcap

March 26, 2005

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior shortstop Stephanie Farabee (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day) drove in the go-ahead runs in the sixth to help lead the JU softball team to a 4-2 win over Gardner-Webb Saturday afternoon, while a scoreless game two was suspended in the bottom of the second with a runner on first and no outs due to lightning and rain in the First Coast area. The suspended game will be restarted at a date to be determined at the JU Softball Complex. The Dolphins move to 17-18 on the year and 3-0 in the Atlantic Sun, while Gardner-Webb falls to 12-19-1, 0-3 in conference play.

The Dolphins tied the game in the sixth when junior centerfielder Katie Pestrak (Gainesville, Fla.) singled in junior Kacey Yourous (Hardin, Ky.) who led off the inning with her third triple of the season. Pestrak moved to second when Bulldog shortstop Danielle Christmas dropped the throw trying to get the lead runner. Junior second baseman Ashley Houston (Glen St. Mary's, Fla.) moved the runners to second and third to set up Farabee's single. The Dolphins had a chance for more, but senior Lauren Redfern (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) lined into a double play to end the frame.

Gardner-Webb took a brief lead in the top of the sixth as Kelly Linsley's single brought home Lindsay Cox. Linsley moved to third on a wild pitch by Dolphin junior Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) and scored on Rachael Riopel's sacrifice fly.

JU jumped out on top in the bottom of the first, with junior catcher Janine Palumbo (Clearwater, Fla.) getting a single while Redfern followed with her 14th double of the year. Freshman Shannon Jensen (Callahan, Fla.) then got a single to center to bring home Palumbo.

Dobson tossed 7.0 innings, giving up four hits and two runs while striking out six for her ninth win of the season. Reichert gave up nine hits and four runs (two earned) in 6.0 innings to get the loss.

It's the first time in JU softball history that the squad has won three straight A-Sun games. The suspended game also is the first in A-Sun play for the Dolphins.

JU travels to Tallahassee to take on No. 24 Florida State Wednesday in a 1 p.m. doubleheader to start a three-day, five-game road trip.