SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2005
Softball Splits Twinbill With Georgia State
April 10, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior Lauren Redfern (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) went 3-for-5 and drove in both Dolphin runs on the day, while freshman Shannon Jensen (Callahan, Fla.) tossed 6.1 shutout innings in game two to help the JU softball team split against Georgia State in Atlantic Sun Conference play, 7-1 and 1-0, Sunday afternoon at the JU Softball Complex. Junior pitcher Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) bounced back after a rough outing in game one to earn her third save of the season in the second game.
In game two, JU (25-22, 6-3 A-Sun) saw Jensen scatter four hits in her 6.1 innings, striking out two before walking two in the seventh. Dobson came in and got the final two hitters, including striking out the Lady Panthers' Beth Miller to end the game for her third save of the year.
The Dolphins got their only run in the sixth when Redfern tripled to center, bringing home junior shortstop Stephanie Farabee (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day), who reached base on an error to start the inning. JU tried adding another, but Georgia State's Elizabeth Hyman got the last two hitters to strand Redfern.
Game one was dominated by Georgia State (15-27, 4-6 A-Sun), as they posted seven runs in the first three innings. The Lady Panthers roped four doubles in the game, including the final blow, a three-run two-bagger by pinch hitter Maria Melts in the fourth that made the score 7-0.
JU did get one run when Redfern hit a 3-2 pitch from Hyman out down the left field line for her sixth home run of the season. The shot tied Sonja Cadarette's mark for long balls in a career for the Dolphins.
Dobson (12-10) gave up seven earned runs in 3.0 innings to take the loss. Sophomore Katie Buell (Alpharetta, Ga.) tossed 4.0 shutout innings in relief of Dobson, striking out one and giving up four hits. Hyman (11-14) tossed 7.0 innings, allowing two hits and one run while fanning 12 in the complete game win.
Jensen kept her hitting streak through game one with her double in the seventh, but the run ended at seven as she went 0-for-3 in game two.
"I'm proud of the team, rebounding after that first game," said JU head coach Jeff Franquet. "Lauren (Redfern) had a clutch hit that got us the win. Shannon (Jensen) pitched well again today, battling through some sickness to get us the win.
"We knew we needed 3-of-4 this weekend, so I'm proud of the girls getting that done. Now we've got to do the same thing in Nashville next weekend."
JU concludes its eight-game homestand tomorrow as they face Edward Waters in a 5 p.m. doubleheader.