Softball falls twice on the first day of the JU/Best Western Tournament

Feb. 24, 2006

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- - The Jacksonville University softball team gave up two four-run innings to Armstrong Atlantic to fall 10-6 and surrendered seven runs in two innings to be downed by Southern Miss, 7-1, on Friday at the JU/Best Western Tournament at the JU softball complex.

"We came out really flat today," said JU head coach Melissa Gentile. "I expect more from the players and they expect more from themselves. Hopefully we can come out tomorrow and lplay like the JU softball team we know that we can be."

In the first game against Armstrong Atlantic, the Pirates (2-0) use four doubles in the second inning off JU starter and eventual losing pitcher Katie Dobson to gain the 4-0 advantage. Rachel Koeing-Eng doubled home two runners in that inning for the Pirates.

The Dolphins (4-12) added a run in the third and fourth innings to get chip at the Pirates lead. Senior Stephanie Farabee had an RBI single in the third inning, while freshman Alexis Novak picked up her first home run on the season in the fourth inning.

Trailing 6-2 in the fifth inning, Farabee smashed a two-run home run over the left field fence to cut the lead within two runs.

In the seventh inning, Roni Castro plated two runners on a single up the middle to help cap off a four-run inning and extend the Pirates lead to 10-4.

The Dolphins added two runs in the bottom of the inning, but the Pirates quashed the rally to end the game.

Koeing-Eng earned the win in the circle for the Pirates after allowing six runs on 10 hits in seven innings.

Dobson (2-4) took the loss by allowing four runs on four hits, while recording two strikeouts in 1.1 innings. Sophomore Shannon Jensen and freshman Amber Janowski combine for 5.2 innings of relief for the Dolphins.

In the nightcap against Southern Miss, the Eagles (7-9) scored seven runs in the third and fourth innings to down the Dolphins. Allison Bullard picked up a RBI triple in the fourth to help led the Eagles hitters.

Jensen recorded a two-out double to score senior Janine Palumbo to give the Dolphins their lone run in the fourth inning.

Eagles starter Lacey Gros (5-4) picked up the win by tossing a complete game and allowing one run on six hits, while recording six strikeouts.

Jensen (2-7) was tagged with the loss after four runs, three earned, on two hits in 2.1 innings of work.

The Dolphins play at 10 a.m. on Saturday against IPFW in the second day of the JU/Best Western Tournament at the JU Softball Complex.