Softball swept in doubleheader by Texas Tech, 5-0 & 5-2

Feb. 9, 2006

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- - Texas Tech scored three runs in the third inning of game one and four runs in the first three innings of game two to compete a doubleheader sweep over the Jacksonville University softball team, 5-0 & 5-2, on Thursday afternoon at the JU softball complex.

"I was disappointed about how timid we were in the first couple of innings in both games," said JU head coach Melissa Gentile. "Our offense started to pick up in the later parts of both games and I was happy to see that. I expect us to be stronger in first and second innings from now on this season."

In game one, the Red raiders (2-0) grabbed the initial lead when Brady Moulin drove in Ashley Parker on the groundout off of sophomore pitcher Shannon Jensen in the first inning.

Senior Lindsay Freitag led off the second inning with a double down the left field line for the Dolphins (0-2). With one out, Freitag reached third on a sacrifice bunt from Jensen. Freshman Alexis Novak came to pinch hit, but was unable to score Freitag as she grounded out to third base to end the inning.

The Red raiders opened the third inning with a double by Jennifer Corkin and a single from Moulin. Junior right-hander Katie Buell relieved Jensen after the lead off hits. After a groundout, Buell surrendered a three-run home run off the left field scoreboard to Jennifer Bowers.

After the Bowers home run, Buell retired the last 14 of 16 batters she faced in a five innings. Jensen (0-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs--three earned--in two innings.

The Dolphins threatened again in the fifth inning from a double by senior Kacey Yourous, but they were unable to capitalize.

Red raiders starter Julie Hauck (1-0) earned the win by tossing a complete-game shutout with striking out four batters.

In game two, the Red raiders secured another early lead from a two-run home run to center field from Bowers in the second inning off senior Katie Dobson.

Senior Janine Palumbo hit a one-out solo home run in the bottom of the inning to cut the Red raiders lead to 2-1.

With one out in the third inning, Brooke Neuman laced a two-run single in the right-center field gap to extend the Red raiders advantage to 4-1.

In the fifth inning, Palumbo hit a two-out single up the middle to score junior Valerie Alter from third to bring the Dolphins within two runs.

The Red raiders added another run in the sixth inning from two doubles and Hauck secured a save by pitching a scorless seventh inning to quash the Dolphins late rally.

Senior right-hander Erin Crawford (1-0) earned the win for the Red raiders in game two after allowing one run on one hit, while striking out four batters in four innings of work.

Dobson (0-1) took the loss after surrendering four runs in 2-1/3 innings of work. Jensen logged 4-2/3 of relief in game two and allowed one run on six hits, while fanning two batters.

The Dolphins return to action tomorrow as they travel to Tampa, Fla. to compete in the USF/Best Western Invitational. They open the tournament by playing host USF at 1:30 p.m. and finish the day with Mississippi State at 6:30 p.m.