WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2006
Softball swept in doubleheader by North Florida, 5-3 & 5-1
April 19, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- - The North Florida Ospreys used two home runs by Ashley Parenteau to down the Jacksonville University softball team, 5-3 & 5-1, in an Atlantic Sun doubleheader on Wednesday night at the Lady Osprey Softball Field.
The games were also the final match-ups in the inaugural SunTrust River City Rumble battle for the Old Wooden Barrel. Despite the losses, the JU athletics program still wins the first-ever Old Wooden Barrel with a final tally of 11-9 after the JU men's golf team won the A-Sun Golf Championship earlier today.
In game one, Parenteau hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the tenth inning to give the Ospreys a 5-3 victory.
The Ospreys (28-23, 9-7 A-Sun) trailed 3-2 in the tenth inning when Christina Evans reached with one-out error, while Kelli Richards also moved to third base on the play. Parenteau followed the game-winning home run to left field off JU starter and eventual losing pitcher Katie Dobson.
Dobson (9-15) took the loss after allowing five runs, three earned, on eight hits in 9.1 innings of work. She also had 6.1 scoreless innings before the home run.
The Dolphins (22-32, 6-10 A-Sun) lead initially after scoring on a wild pitch in the first inning. Jillian Mirante added an RBI single in the second inning to extend the Dolphins a 2-1 advantage.
Osprey's left fielder Caitlin Miller tied the game in the bottom of the first inning on a run-scoring groundout. The Ospreys once again tied the game in the second inning off an RBI single from Kelli Rutenbar.
Ospreys' starter Tori Ahern (9-9) earned the win by hurling ten innings and allowing five runs, three earned, on six hits.
In game two, Parenteau haunted the Dolphins pitching staff again by hitting a solo home in the third inning to give the Ospreys a 2-1 advantage.
The Ospreys extend their lead to 4-1 in the fourth inning when Jessica Sexton scored on single by Evans, while Rutenbar also scored on an error on the play. Parenteau followed by plating a run on a fly out to extend their lead to 5-1.
The Dolphins scored their lone run of the game when Mirante scored on a fielder's choice from Kacey Yourous in the third inning.
Ospreys senior Kelli Pitts (9-5) retired the final six batters she faced to secure the win in the circle. Pitts tossed a complete game and allowed one unearned run, while recording seven strikeouts.
"The first game of the doubleheader was very exciting," said JU head coach Melissa Gentile. "Both teams were battling really hard and it comes down to one small mistake to lose a game like that. In game two, I was disappointed with how we bounced back from an emotional first game. We have to find a way to be stronger emotionally and mentally in games."
The Dolphins return to action on Thursday as they travel to Orlando, Fla. to face UCF in a single game starting at 4 p.m.