SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2006
Walk-off home run helps Softball defeat Fordham in extra innings, 4-2
March 11, 2006
CLEARWATER, Fla.- - Freshman Beth Glasscock hit a two-run walk-off home run in the eighth inning to help the Jacksonville University softball team defeat Fordham, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon in the first game of the bronze bracket at the USF adidas Invitational in Clearwater, Fla.
Trailing 2-1 in the eighth inning, Senior Kacey Yourous drove in Katie Pestrak on a single to tie the game. Glasscock followed with her second home run of the season to left field to give the Dolphins (12-16) the win.
The Rams (6-8) broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning off a RBI single by Megan Hansen for a 1-0 lead.
The Dolphins tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning when Stephanie Farabee hit a solo home run, her first of the season, down the left field line off Rams reliever and eventual losing pitcher Sara Kinney.
In the eighth inning, Allison Twarowski hit a RBI single to give the Rams a 2-1 advantage, but couldn't get any more runs off JU starter Katie Dobson.
Dobson (6-6) earned the win by allowing two runs, one earned, on nine hits in eight innings.
Rams reliever Kinney (4-6) took the loss after giving up four runs, two earned, on three hits in 2.1 innings of work. Juanita Gonzalez pitched five shutout innings to start the game for the no-decision.
The Dolphins were shutout by UMASS in their first game of the day, 6-0.
In the first game, the Minutewomen (5-7) scored four runs on five hits in the fifth inning to ensure a 6-0 victory. Amanda Acampora drove in two runners on a double, while KJ Kelley and Stacey Cullington each had RBI singles during that inning.
Minutewomen starter Brandice Balschmiter (4-3) earned the win by tossing a complete game shutout and striking out four.
Sophomore Shannon Jensen (5-9) was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs, four earned, on nine hits and fanning two batters in 4.1 innings. Freshman Amber Janowski hurled 2.2 scoreless innings of relief for the Dolphins.
"I am pleased with the girls playing well against Fordham," JU head coach Melissa Gentile. "After UMASS loss, I gave challenged the team to do better and they answered it by playing hard. Hopefully we can carry this momentum to finish the tournament on a high note."
The Dolphins will take on Buffalo at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday in the final day of bracket play at the USF adidas Invitational. If the Dolphins win, they will play again at 11:30 p.m. in the final game of the bronze bracket.