Softball is swept in doubleheader by Gardner-Webb to start road trip

April 13, 2006

Box Score

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - Gardner-Webb used three home runs to help down the Jacksonville University softball team, 8-0 & 2-0, in an Atlantic Sun doubleheader on Thursday afternoon in Boiling Springs, N.C.

"This was not a great way to start the road trip," said JU head coach Melissa Gentile. "Offensively, we didn't get the timely hits like we did last weekend and the defense wasn't quite where it should be today. I believe we had small hiccup and that the team will play much better on Saturday."

In the fourth inning of the second game, Haley Scism broke up a scoreless tie by hitting a two-run home run to left field to give the Bulldogs (9-27, 4-8 A-Sun) only run support they needed to earn the victory.

The Dolphins (21-29, 5-7 A-Sun) had a chance to tie the game in the seventh inning with runners on first and second, but Bulldogs starter Taryn Beck induced a double play to quash the late rally.

Beck (2-8) earned the win by pitching seven scoreless innings and scattering five hits.

Sophomore Katie Buell (2-1) took the loss by allowing the two runs on eight hits in six innings.

Junior Renee LaCroix had two hits to lead the Dolphins in game two, while senior Janine Palumbo added her ninth double of the season. Valerie Alter and Beth Glasscock each finished with a single in the game.

In game one, the Bulldogs scored three runs with two outs on three singles and a double in the first inning to grab the early lead. Jessica Williams hit a two-out three-run homer in the second inning off JU starter and eventual losing pitcher Katie Dobson to give the Bulldogs a 6-0 advantage.

In the fourth inning, Williams added another home run, a two-run shot, off Amber Janowski to extend the Bulldogs lead to 8-0.

Scism (7-15) earned the victory in game one for the Bulldogs by pitching five scoreless innings and allowing two hits.

Dobson (8-14) was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs on six hits in 1.2 innings of work. Janowski pitched 2.1 innings of relief and surrendered two runs on six hits.

LaCroix and Stephanie Farabee each had a hit for the Dolphins in game one.

The Dolphins return to action in another Atlantic Sun doubleheader on Saturday against Campbell in Buies Creek, N.C. starting at 2 p.m.