FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2006
Softball downs Pacific on the first day of their California road trip, 4-2

March 17, 2006

Box Score

STOCKTON, Calif. - Senior Stephanie Farabee hit a two-run home run in the second inning to help the Jacksonville University softball team defeat Pacific, 4-2, on Thursday afternoon in the second game of the University of Pacific Mini Tournament in Stockton, Calif.

"We came out a little flat in the first inning against Long Island," said JU head coach Melissa Gentile. We started to pick it up after that, but it was too late. Our team has to start strong in every game, which we were able to accomplish against Pacific to earn the win."

The Dolphins (15-17) lost a heartbreaker to Long Island, 1-0, in the first game to start their four-day California road trip.

In the first inning of game two, the Dolphins grabbed an early 1-0 lead on a RBI single to right field from Shannon Jensen to plate Katie Pestrak.

With two outs in the second inning, Farabee hit her second home run of the season to left center field to extend the Dolphins lead to 3-0.

The Tigers (12-10) cut the Dolphins lead by scoring on a solo home run in the second inning and RBI double in the fifth inning to make it a one-run ballgame at 3-2.

Senior Janine Palumbo hit a single in the seventh inning to score Pestrak and give the Dolphins a 4-2 advantage.

Freshman Amber Janowski retired the Tigers in order in the seventh inning to secure the victory for the Dolphins.

Janowski (2-1) earned the win allowing one run on three hits and fanned two batters in 4.2 innings of relief. Senior Katie Dobson surrendered one run on four hits in 2.1 innings to earn a no-decision.

In the first game, the Blackbirds (7-10) got all the run support they needed from a home run by Alyssa Winslow off Jensen to earn the 1-0 victory.

Jensen (6-10) took the loss allowing the lone run, while scattering three hits and striking out three in seven innings of work.

Blackbirds starter Jenny Giles (7-9) earned the win pitching a complete game shutout and allowing four hits

Sophomore Jillian Mirante led all Dolphins hitters with two hits, while Palumbo added a double.

The Dolphins return to action on Friday to play in the Sacramento State Capital Classic in Sacramento, Calif. They open the classic with Iowa at 2 p.m. and finish the day with Nevada at 9:30 p.m.