Softball Swept by Belmont, 3-2 and 6-5

April 16, 2005

Box Score

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Junior centerfielder Katie Pestrak (Gainesville, Fla.) hit a two-run homer in game one while senior Lauren Redfern (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) had a two-run shot in game two, but the Dolphins could not finish the games as they were swept by Belmont in Atlantic Sun Conference action at Aquinas Field Friday afternoon. The Bruins won game one, 3-2, before taking the second game, 6-5, in eight innings.

Belmont (12-23, 2-6 A-Sun) took game one behind a solid effort from pitcher Angie Hoeye, who went 7.0 innings, giving up five hits and two runs while striking out five. Belmont scored two in the third on RBI singles by Erin Mullin and Kelly Major. They added an insurance run in the fifth on Julie Castelli's RBI double to left.

The Dolphins mounted a comeback effort in the seventh, when Pestrak hit her second homer of the season, bringing in junior Kacey Yourous (Hardin, Ky.), who drew a leadoff walk. But JU could get no more, as the next two hitters grounded out to end the game.

Junior pitcher Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) took the loss in game one, striking out eight while allowing nine hits and three runs.

In game two, JU looked to take control with a three-run seventh. Junior Janine Palumbo (Clearwater, Fla.) doubled home junior Ashley Houston (Glen St. Mary's, Fla.), who drew a lead-off walk. Redfern followed with her seventh homer of the year, a two-run blast to put the Dolphins up 5-2. Freshman Shannon Jensen (Callahan, Fla.) followed with a double, but Hoeye, who came on in relief of Bruin starter Jennifer Batte, got a groundout and a fly out to prevent further damage.

Belmont came back in the seventh with three runs of their own. Meghan Pipkin reached on a single and advanced to second on a Jensen wild pitch. Another wild pitch by Jensen on ball four to Jess Seymore moved Pipkin to third. Seymore dashed for second, where she beat the throw. Pipkin then came home, where the throw was offline, putting the Bruins down 5-3. Dobson came in relief and tossed a wild pitch to move Seymore to third, where Mullin brought her home with a sacrifice fly. Dobson struck out Major before giving up a double to Castelli and a single to Heather Grossnickle that scored Castelli.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Bruins got the first two runners on and moved them up on Pipkin's sacrifice bunt. Dobson forced Seymore to foul out to third for the second out. Mullen ripped a ground ball up the middle that brought home the winning run.

Belmont tied up the game in the fourth on Grossnickle's RBI single, which plated Major.

The Dolphins took the lead in the second on an RBI groundout by freshman right fielder Jillian Mirante (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), which scored senior leftfielder Mayte Diaz (Silver Springs, Fla.) and a bunt by Houston that brought home Pestrak. The Bruins scored one in the bottom of the first when Major singled home Mullen, who got on via a double.

Dobson (13-12) took the loss after giving up two runs (one earned) and four hits in 1.2 innings of relief. Hoeye (9-8) picked up her second win with 1.2 innings of relief.

JU takes on Lipscomb Sunday at Crockett Field in Brentwood, Tenn., at 1 p.m. CDT.