WEDNESDAY, APRIL 06, 2005
Dolphins Sweep South Carolina State as Katie Dobson Tosses Sixth Career No-Hitter
April 5, 2005
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Junior pitcher Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) threw her sixth career no-hitter in the first game, while junior shortstop Stephanie Farabee (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day) went 4-for-7 and drove in four runs on the day to lead the JU softball team to a sweep of South Carolina State Tuesday afternoon at Lady Bulldog Field. The Dolphins (20-21) took game one in six innings, 8-0, before winning the second game, 6-1, over the Lady Bulldogs (8-20).
The Dolphins also got contributions from freshman pitcher Shannon Jensen (Callahan, Fla.), who went 3-for-7 with two RBI on the day and took the win in game two, and junior centerfielder Katie Pestrak (Gainesville, Fla.), who added three runs and two RBI while going 3-for-6 at the plate.
Dobson (10-9) struck out eight over 6.0 innings for her second no-hitter of the season. Nine Dolphins got hits and eight different players scored JU's eight runs in the first game.
JU got its first run in game two in the third when senior Lauren Redfern (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) had a two-out RBI single to left, scoring Farabee. They struck again with two runs in the fifth on a junior Janine Palumbo (Clearwater, Fla.) RBI single, which brought home junior Ashley Houston (Glen St. Mary's, Fla.) and a Jensen fielder's choice, which plated Pestrak. JU put three more across in the sixth, capped by Farabee's two RBI double.
Jensen (8-9) threw 7.0 innings in game two, allowing three hits and one unearned run while striking out seven. Palumbo was 3-for-4 with an RBI, while freshman Jillian Mirante (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) had a 3-for-4 day while scoring a run.
"It's good to get off to a good start today, seeing that we have 10 games in seven days," said JU head coach Jeff Franquet. "I was proud of our efforts today. Anytime you get a no-hitter, you have to throw well and play good defense. Katie (Dobson) had a rough outing up here last year, so it was good to see her focused and getting the job done today."
The Dolphins host Savannah State in a 4 p.m. doubleheader tomorrow at the JU Softball Complex.