FRIDAY, APRIL 08, 2005
Softball Takes Two From Mercer, 7-1 and 3-0
April 8, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior Lauren Redfern (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) hit her fifth home run of the year in game one, while freshman Shannon Jensen (Callahan, Fla.) tossed her third shutout of the season in game two as the JU softball team got its second sweep in Atlantic Sun Conference play, beating Mercer, 7-1 and 3-0, Friday night at the JU Softball Complex. Junior shortstop Stephanie Farabee (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day) added a double, two RBI and a run scored while going 2-for-4 at the plate, while senior leftfielder Mayte Diaz (Silver Springs, Fla.) also drove in two runs during game one. Redfern and junior centerfielder Katie Pestrak (Gainesville, Fla.) both had an RBI in the nightcap to help the Dolphins move to 24-21, 5-2 in the A-Sun.
Redfern got things started in game one, hitting the 2-2 pitch out to left for her seventh career home run, bringing her one shy of tying Sonja Cadarette's career record at JU and putting the Dolphins up 1-0.
JU then put up six insurance runs in the sixth, started by a throwing error by the Bears' Amanda Cosson that allowed freshman Jillian Mirante (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) to score from second. Then Diaz hit a blooper into left center that brought home Pestrak and junior Kacey Yourous (Hardin, Ky.). After junior second baseman Ashley Houston (Glen St. Mary's, Fla.) reached on another error, Farabee ripped a double into left center, plating both Diaz and Houston. Junior Janine Palumbo (Clearwater, Fla.) then singled to center that allowed Farabee to score to give the Dolphins the 7-0 advantage.
Mercer (21-23, 2-4 in the A-Sun) tried to answer in the seventh, getting a leadoff homer from Meghan Clark. But the blast was not enough, as junior Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) retired the side for her 12th win.
Dobson gave up two hits and one earned run in 7.0 innings while striking out four. Katie Rosentreter gave up six hits and seven runs (one earned) to fall to 15-12.
In the nightcap, JU put up two in the third. Mirante led off the inning with a double and scored on C.J. Martin's throwing error. Redfern made it 2-0 with an RBI groundout, bringing home Farabee, who reached on Martin's error.
The Dolphins added another in the sixth as Pestrak singled home Jensen, who started the frame with a double. The Bears made it interesting in the seventh, loading the bases with one out. But Jensen got Rosentreter to ground into a double play to end the game.
Jensen (8-8) went 7.0 innings, scattering four hits while fanning seven. Meredith Weare (5-10) took the loss, giving up three runs, one earned, in 6.0 innings.
"I'm proud of our team tonight, as they got the weekend off to a great start," said JU head coach Jeff Franquet. "Dobson was great in game one, and Jensen did good for us as well. Our defense was awesome tonight, making some big plays to stop any scoring chances they had."
The Dolphins continue their eight-game homestand as they take on Georgia State in a 2 p.m. twinbill Sunday afternoon at the JU Softball Complex.