Softball loses two games at the first day of the USF/Best Western Invitational

Feb. 10, 2006

Box Score

TAMPA, Fla. - USF scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning and held off a late rally to defeat the Jacksonville University softball team, 7-5, at the first day of the USF/Best Western Invitational in Tampa, Fla. on Friday afternoon. The Dolphins (0-4) fell in the nightcap to Mississippi State, 8-0.

Trailing 1-0 in game one, the Dolphins tied the game in the second inning when senior Lindsay Freitag smashed her first home run of the season over the left field fence.

The Bulls (1-1) scored three runs to take a 4-1 advantage in the top of the third inning from three-RBI singles.

With no outs and the bases loaded n the sixth inning, senior catcher Janine Palumbo brought home senior Katie Pestrak on a fielder's choice. Two batters later, freshman Beth Glasscock plated junior Valerie Alter on a one-out single to cut the Bulls lead to 4-3.

In the seventh inning, Tiffany Stewart drove in two runs from a single off sophomore pitcher Shannon Jensen. Jojo Medina followed with a single to plate Stewart and extend the Bulls lead to 7-3.

Sophomore Jillian Mirante struck out, but reached on a wild pitch from Bulls reliever Nicole Christensen to start the bottom of the seventh inning. Pestrak doubled to left field to advance Mirante to third. After the double, Alter reached on an error by Christensen, which allowed Mirante to score. Christensen was lifted for reliever Danielle Urbanik, who was able to able to induce a groundout from senior Kacey Yourous, but Pestrak scored on the play and Alter moved to third to bring the Dolphins within two runs. Urbanik retired the next two Dolphin batters to quash the late rally.

Bulls starter Cristie Ecks (1-1), earned the win after allowing one run in five innings, while Urbanik picked up the save.

Jensen took the loss after surrendering six runs--three earned--in 5-1/3 innings of relief. Sophomore Katie Buell tossed 1-1/2 innings and gave up one run to earn the no-decision.

In the second game, the Bulldogs (2-0) scored six runs in the first two innings and never looked back to gain the 8-0 victory in six innings of play.

Hayle Guess lead all Bulldogs hitters by going 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI. Courtney Bures and Sammie Jo Bailey followed with two hits apiece

Pestrak led the Dolphins with two hits and finished the day going 3-for-6 with a double and two runs scored.

Jensen (0-3) was once again tagged with the loss after allowing six runs--four earned--on eight hits in three innings of relief. Senior pitcher Katie Dobson earned a no-decision by tossing one innings and giving up two runs on three hits.

Bulldogs starter Ragan Blake (1-0), earned the win by hurling five scoreless innings.

The Dolphins continue playing at the USF/Best Western Invitational tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. to take on Western Kentucky before beginning seed play at 4 p.m.