SUNDAY, APRIL 02, 2006
Softball swept in doubleheader by Mercer, 5-0 & 4-1
April 1, 2006
MACON, Ga. - Mercer scored all their runs in the first game on two outs and added a late home run in the second game to down the Jacksonville University softball team, 5-0 & 4-1, in a Atlantic Sun doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Sikes Field in Macon, Ga.
"Obviously, these were two tough loses today," said JU head coach Melissa Gentile. "We got to find a way with the last 15 games to come together as a team and finish the conference schedule strong. How we play these last 15 games is within our grasp and I believe we came out with a few key wins."
In game two, the Bears (12-16, 2-0 A-Sun) grabbed an initial 1-0 lead by scoring on a pass ball in the third inning. They extended their advantage in the fifth inning when Lindsay Talamantes scored on an error by Dolphins second baseman Ashley Houston. Jamie Madruga followed the error with two-run homer to centerfield off JU starter and eventual losing pitcher Shannon Jensen.
Jensen (8-14) took the loss after allowing four runs, three earned, on four hits and striking out three in six innings of work.
The Dolphins (18-26, 2-4 A-Sun) got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning on Janine Palumbo's second home run of the season, but Bears starter Stephanie Rossman retired the final five batters to secure the victory.
Rossman (4-8) earned the win by allowing one run on three hits and recording seven strikeouts in seven innings.
Senior Kacey Yourous added her first triple of the season in the third inning for the Dolphins.
With the score deadlocked a zero in the first game, senior Katie Dobson surrendered two walks with two outs in the second inning. Freshman Amber Janowski would relieve Dobson and then walk another Bears batter to load the bases. Kelley Bretscher followed with a two-run single to help the Bears gain a 2-0 advantage.
The Bears added three more runs off consecutive two-out doubles in the sixth inning to extend their lead to 5-0.
Bears starter Katie Rosentreter (8-7) earned the win by pitching a complete-game shutout and fanning 11 batters.
Dobson (7-11) was tagged with the loss after surrendering two runs and five walks in 1.2 innings. Janowski pitched 4.1 innings of relief and allowed three runs on five hits, while also surrendering five walks.
Palumbo, Houston, Yourous and Jillian Mirante each had a single for the Dolphins in game one.
The Dolphins return to Atlantic Sun action on Friday, April 7 in doubleheader against Belmont at the JU Softball Complex starting at 5 p.m.