Softball drops two games at the USF Wilson Invitational

Feb. 20, 2006

Box Score

TAMPA, Fla. - Senior Janine Palumbo drove in the Dolphins only run, but it wasn't enough as USF defeated the Jacksonville University softball team, 5-1, on Monday night at the USF Wilson Invitational in Tampa, Fla. The Dolphins (3-9) fell earlier in the day to Hofstra, 3-0.

"Our approach today was not the same as it was the first two days," said JU head coach Melissa Gentile. "We came out tonight a little timid and were not aggressive. Winning is a process and I think our girls are learning that process, but we still have a lot of work to do."

The Bulls (6-4) took the initial lead in the first inning, scoring two off a single by Krista Holle. USF added onto it in the fourth inning as Kattrina Dowd singled home Ashley Bullion to give the Bulls a 3-0 advantage.

Senior center fielder Katie Pestrak doubled down the left field line to start the sixth inning for the Dolphins. Senior Stephanie Farabee moved Pestrak to third on sacrifice bunt. After a groundout, Palumbo hit a bloop single to right field to plate Pestrak and cut the Bulls lead to 3-1.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Carly Griffin hit a two-run home run to left center field off JU's Shannon Jensen to extend the Bulls lead to 5-1.

Bulls starter Bree Spence combined with reliever Kasey Cash to hold the Dolphins scoreless in the seventh to secure the victory.

Spence (3-0) earned the victory, scattering five hits in 6-2/3 innings pitched, while striking out seven batters.

Jensen (2-4) took the loss after allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits in six innings.

In the first game, Hofstra's Pam Dreslinski opened the fifth inning with a double to left center field for the Pride (4-0), and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kristin Galoene to take an early 1-0 lead.

In the sixth inning, the Pride got a one-out solo home run from Ashley Lane off Jensen. Tara Ulrich followed with a double to left field and pinch runner Casey Fee scored on Dreslinski's single to extend their lead to 3-0.

The Dolphins had a chance to grab the early lead in the second inning when Renee LaCroix and Jillian Mirante both added two-out singles to load the bases, but senior Katie Pestrak struck out to end the inning.

With two outs in the sixth inning, senior Ashley Houston reached first on a hit by pitch. LaCroix followed with a grounder to third and Ulrich threw out Houston at second to quash the Dolphins late rally. The Dolphins stranded eight runners on base in the game.

Pride starter Pam Olivier (1-0) earned the win hurling a complete game shutout and scattering five hits, while striking out four batters.

Dolphins senior Katie Dobson (1-4) was tagged with the loss after allowing one run on three hits in five innings. Jensen pitched two innings of relief and surrendered two runs, while fanning four batters.

The Dolphins return to action at home on Wednesday in a doubleheader against Florida State. First pitch is set for 4 p.m..