SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2006
Softball falls again in two games at the USF/Best Western Invitational
Feb. 11, 2006
TAMPA, Fla.- - Western Kentucky scored two runs in the final two innings to defeat the Jacksonville University softball team, 4-0, on Saturday morning in the second day of the USF/Best Western Invitational. The Dolphins (0-6) fell later in the day to Mississippi State, 8-0, in the first game of seed play.
"Overall, we are playing some really good teams in this tournament," said JU head coach Melissa Gentile. "I felt like in three of the six games that we have made strides in the right direction. There are a lot of bright spots and it is just matter of time before we piece it together for some victories."
With a scoreless tie in the sixth inning, the Hilltoppers (2-1) were able to plate two runs on an infield error by junior second baseman Renee LaCroix. Sam Cronk reached on the error by senior shortstop Stephanie Farabee to start the seventh inning. Bailey Rolfs moved Cronk to second with a one-out single. Rebecca Horesky cleared the bases with a two-out double to give the Hilltoppers a 4-0 advantage. Hilltoppers starter Jennifer Kempf pitched a scoreless seventh inning to quash the Dolphins hopes of coming back.
Kempf (1-0), earned the win by scattering three hits and striking out seven batter for the complete-game shutout.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Amber Janowski (0-1), was tagged with the loss in her first collegiate start after allowing four unearned runs in seven innings, while surrendering no walks.
Senior first baseman Kacey Yourous led all Dolphins hitters with two hits in the game.
In the second game, the Bulldogs had a 1-0 lead when they added five runs on four hits in the fourth inning to pull away from the Dolphins and secure the victory. They scored two more runs in the fifth inning on a Hayle Guess single to center field. Guess, once again, haunted the Dolphins pitching staff as she went 3-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored and a double.
Yourous got the lone hit for the Dolphins in the fourth inning off Bulldogs starter Stephanie Comeaux. Comeaux (2-0) picked up the win after fanning four batters in five innings.
Senior pitcher Katie Dobson (0-2), took the loss by giving up five runs--four earned--in 3-1/2 innings of work.
The Dolphins return to action tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. in the final day of the USF/Best Western Invitational. They will play the loser of the USF and Western Kentucky game, which was postponed until Sunday morning due to rain.