FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2006
Softball defeats Villanova at the USF adidas Invitational in extra innings, 2-1
March 10, 2006
CLEARWATER, Fla.- - Senior Katie Pestrak drove in the game-winning run on a base loaded error in the bottom of the eighth inning to help the Jacksonville University softball team defeat Villanova, 2-1, on Friday morning at the USF adidas Invitational in Clearwater, Fla.
The Dolphins (11-15) couldn't hold on to their momentum from the first game as they fell to Northern Illinois, 2-1, to wrap up their day.
"Once again, I am happy with the way our team battled in the late innings," said JU head coach Melissa Gentile. "We hit the ball well today, but I was not pleased with leaving so many runners on base in the first game and we had a few mental lapses on defense in the second game. I am confident that with the way we are playing that these small things can be corrected real soon."
Trailing 1-0 in the eighth inning of the first game, junior Renee LaCroix plated Janine Palumbo on a single to tie the game. After back-to-back singles by Jillian Mirante and Valerie Alter, Pestrak hit it to the Wildcats leftfielder who mishandled the ball, which allowed LaCroix to score the game-winning run for the Dolphins.
JU starter Shannon Jensen (5-8) earned the win after tossing seven shutout innings and allowing five hits, while fanning five batters.
The Wildcats (4-8) scored their lone run off a two-out single by Jessica Curtis in the top of the eighth inning.
In game two, the Huskies (5-7) grabbed the initial lead by scoring a run in the first inning off an error by senior Kacey Yourous.
Freshman Beth Glasscock led off the bottom of the first inning with a double for the Dolphins. Senior Ashley Houston came in to pinch run for Glasscock and later scored on a RBI single by Janine Palumbo to tie the game at one apiece.
In the fourth inning, LaCroix mishandled a double steal attempt which allowed pinch runner Katie Colby to score and gave the Huskies a 2-1 advantage.
Huskies starter Tayrn Hangeman held the Dolphins to one hit over the last three innings to secure the victory.
Senior Katie Dobson (5-6) took the loss by allowing two unearned runs and recording four strikeouts in seven innings.
The Dolphins take on UMASS at 11 p.m. on Saturday in their final pool competition game before championship play at the USF adidas Invitational. Fans will be able to follow the UMASS game live on Gametracker. Go to judolphins.com and click on the schedule link at the bottom of the page to follow all the live action.