FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2006
Softball splits doubleheader with Kennesaw State to open Atlantic Sun schedule
March 24, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior Janine Palumbo hit a RBI single in the ninth inning to help the Jacksonville University softball team defeat Kennesaw State, 2-1, in game one of a Atlantic Sun doubleheader at the JU Softball Complex on Friday night.
The Dolphins (17-23, 1-1 A-Sun) fell in the nightcap, 8-0.
"We came out the gate fighting for the first victory," said JU head coach Melissa Gentile. "Our kids have had some setbacks and injuries, but they continued to fight to earn that first win. In the second game, we had one bad inning, but the girls continued to battle until the end. This is what you hope for with any team."
In game one with the score tied at one apiece, senior Lindsey Freitag led off the ninth inning with a hard single to left field. Jillian Mirante reached on a walk in the next at bat and Kacey Yourous moved both runners into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. Palumbo followed with a hit off the glove of Owls third baseman Jennifer Nolan to allow Freitag to score the game-winning run for the Dolphins.
JU reliever Amber Janowski (3-1) earned the victory in the circle by holding the Owls scoreless in the final three innings. Janowski surrendered one hit in four innings of work. Katie Dobson tossed five innings to start the game and allowed one run on five hits to earn a no-decision.
Owls reliever Andrea Moss (1-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing the one run in two innings. April Lamb allowed one unearned run and recorded two strikeouts in 6.1 innings to earn a no-decision.
The Dolphins led initially in the game one by scoring a run in the first inning from a sacrifice fly by freshman Beth Glasscock.
In the sixth inning, the Owls (23-12, 3-1 A-Sun) tied the game on a sacrifice fly by Norie Glazebrook to plate Melaine Foster.
In game two, the Owls used a seven run seven-hit second inning to secure an 8-0 victory over the Dolphins.
Glasscock and Renee LaCroix each had a two-out single in the sixth inning, but Owls starter Brittany Matthews quashed the Dolphins late rally.
Matthews (9-3) earned the win by allowing no runs and recording 10 strikeouts in five innings.
JU starter Shannon Jensen (7-13) took the loss after surrendering five runs, four earned, on three hits and fanning four batters in 2.1 innings. Dobson allowed three runs, one earned, in 2.2 innings of relief.
The Dolphins return to action on Sunday in an A-Sun doubleheader against East Tennessee State at the JU Softball Complex. First pitch starts at noon.