WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2005
Softball Splits Doubleheader at Florida State
March 30, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Junior third baseman Lindsey Freitag (Lake Stevens, Wash.) hit a two-run blast in the fifth to propel the JU softball team to a 5-2 win over Florida State in the first game of a doubleheader at Seminole Softball Complex Wednesday night. The Seminoles rebounded in the nightcap, getting an 11-0 victory in five innings. JU, who moved to .500 for just the second time in program history with their second straight win over FSU, fell to 18-19 on the season, while Florida State moved to 21-16.
Freitag's homer was her third of the campaign and second game-winner of the season, matching her two-run shot that gave JU the win over Florida A&M at the USF Wilson Tournament. Senior Lauren Redfern (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) and freshman Shannon Jensen (Callahan, Fla.) both had two hits and an RBI in game one for the Dolphins. Redfern added her 15th double of the season, which tied the single-season record at JU set by Bridget Starry in the inaugural season of 2003.
The Dolphins added two insurance runs in the seventh on a Redfern groundout, which scored pinch runner Ashley Houston (Glen St. Mary's, Fla.), and a Jensen single through the box, plating junior shortstop Stephanie Farabee (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day).
Florida State staged a two-out rally in the third, taking a 2-1 lead on a Veronica Wootson triple after Whitney Buckmon singled and Natasha Jacob drew a walk to get on base.
The Dolphins took the initial lead in the first after loading the bases with one out. Junior centerfielder Katie Pestrak (Gainesville, Fla.) fouled out down the first base line, but the first baseman Brittany Osmon ran into second baseman Wootson, allowing an alert junior Janine Palumbo (Clearwater, Fla.) to score from third.
Jensen allowed two runs and two hits while striking out four in 7.0 innings for her sixth win of the year. Casey Hunter gave up five runs, three earned, while fanning eight to fall to 10-12.
The Seminoles struck first in game two, scoring four in the first on a Melissa Wood RBI single and LaShaun Davis' third homer, a three-run shot to left center. Florida State plated three more in the second on a Tatiana George three-run blast down the left field line. Lesley Palmer hit a solo shot leading off the third and had a two-RBI single in the fourth to help the Seminoles take the 11-0 win.
Tiffany McDonald tossed her first career no-hitter, going 5.0 innings while walking one to move to 11-3. It is the second time JU has been held hitless this season. Junior Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) fell to 9-8 on the year, lasting 2.0 innings while giving up five hits and seven runs, none earned.
The Dolphins take on Alabama State in a single game Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. in Montgomery, Ala.