Softball picks up two victories on the first day of the USF Wilson Invitational

Feb. 18, 2006

Box Score

TAMPA, Fla. - Senior Ashley Houston had a RBI double in the eighth inning to help the Jacksonville University softball team defeat College of Charleston, 2-1, on Saturday evening at the USF Wilson Invitational in Tampa, Fla. The Dolphins (2-7) took the night cap over Florida A&M, 8-0.

"Overall, we had a great day," said JU head coach Melissa Gentile. "We came out like a new team with better confidence and swagger. Our pitchers also did a superb job in the circle today."

Trailing 1-0 in the seventh inning of game one, senior catcher Janine Palumbo hit a two-out single to plate senior center fielder Katie Pestrak to tie the ballgame.

With the score tied in the eighth inning, sophomore pitcher Shannon Jensen was placed on second base for the international tiebreaker rule. Houston drove in Jensen off Cougars reliever and eventual losing pitcher Shannon Howard to give the Dolphins a 2-1 advantage.

Jensen (1-4) pitched a scoreless eighth inning to secure the victory. She allowed one run on seven hits, while striking out seven batters in the win.

Howard (1-1) allowed one unearned run in an inning of relief. Cougars starter Kirsten Christensen earned a no-decision by surrendering no runs in seven innings.

The Cougars (1-1) led initially in the second inning by a solo home run from Izmena Cabrera.

In game two, the Dolphins scored four runs in the fourth and fifth innings to down the Rattlers (3-3).

The Dolphins scored four runs on four hits in the fourth inning including a RBI double from senior short stop Stephanie Farabee. Farabee and senior third baseman Lindsay Freitag each added an RBI double to compete the scoring attack in the fifth inning.

Senior Katie Dobson (1-2) surrendered no runs, while scattering three hits and struck out seven batters to earn the victory.

Rattlers starter Danielle Brown (0-1) took the loss, surrendering eight runs-seven earned-on 11 hits in four innings of work.

The Dolphins return to action in the USF Wilson Invitational at 6 p.m. on Sunday against Temple.