Softball Shuts Out Savannah State in Doubleheader

April 6, 2005

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior shortstop Stephanie Farabee (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day) went a combined 4-for-6 with four runs scored and three RBI, including her first career home run, to lead the JU softball team to a doubleheader sweep of Savannah State (0-18) at the JU Softball Complex. The Dolphins took game one, 8-0 in five innings, before getting the 10-0 win in five in the second game.

Freshman Jillian Mirante (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) went 3-for-4 on the afternoon, while senior Jamie Ross (Shoreline, Wash.) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Junior Janine Palumbo (Clearwater, Fla.) added two RBI and two doubles with her 3-for-5 effort. All but two Dolphins that made a plate appearance got hits in the two games.

JU (22-21) did not waste time in the first, as Farabee hit Kristen Horton's first pitch over the left field wall for her first career round-tripper. The Dolphins erupted for five runs in the third, helped by RBI doubles by juniors Lindsey Freitag (Lake Stevens, Wash.) and Katie Pestrak (Gainesville, Fla.). JU ended the game in the fifth on RBI singles by Mirante and Farabee.

Sophomore Katie Buell (Alpharetta, Ga.) went 5.0 innings, striking out eight while giving up two hits to pick up her third win of the season. Horton took the lost for Savannah State.

In game two, JU got one run in the first on Palumbo's eighth double of the year. They added four in both the second and third, with back-to-back RBI doubles from Farabee and Palumbo leading the way in the second. Pestrak got a two-RBI triple with junior Ashley Houston (Glen St. Mary's, Fla.) also scoring an RBI triple in the third.

Also in the third, senior Lauren Redfern (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) set a new single-season record with her 16th double of the campaign. She also tied the career mark of 20, held by 2004 Academic All-American Dianna Korcak.

The Dolphins capped the scoring in the fourth on a Ross RBI single. Junior pitcher Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) struck out seven of the nine batters she faced to pick up her 11th win of the season. Krystal Palmer took the loss in the second game.

"Stephanie's (Farabee) first career homer was definitely a highlight for her and for our program," said JU head coach Jeff Franquet. "I'm also very proud of Lauren (Redfern). She's been a leader on and off the field for our program. It's always good to see your seniors break some records."

JU hosts Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheaders this weekend, opening up Friday with Mercer at 5 p.m. at the JU Softball Complex. On Sunday, the Dolphins will take on Georgia State in a 2 p.m. twinbill.