MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2006
Softball swept in home finale by Florida Atlantic, 7-6 (11) & 4-0
April 24, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- - Senior Lindsey Freitag had a career-best five RBI, but Florida Atlantic earned a late innings victory in game one and a shutout win in game two to compete a sweep over the Jacksonville University softball team, 7-6 (11) & 4-0,in an Atlantic Sun doubleheader on Sunday night in the home finale at the JU Softball complex.
"Game one was a real tough loss," said JU head coach Melissa Gentile. "If we make one or two routine plays then we win the first game, no question. Not making those big plays hurt us. In game two, we just couldn't come back from the emotional loss in the first game."
In game one, the Owls (26-22, 13-5 A-Sun) initially lead by scoring a run on a sacrifice bunt in the first inning to gain the 1-0 advantage.
In the third inning, senior Kacey Yourous tied the game for the Dolphins (22-35, 6-12 A-Sun) with an RBI single to left field. After Janine Palumbo reached on a hit by pitch, Freitag hit a three-run triple to give the Dolphins a 4-1 lead.
Kala Guy and Danielle Arriaga each hit RBI doubles to help the Owls tie the game in the sixth inning.
The Owls added two runs in the seventh inning to take a 6-4 lead by scoring a run on a groundout and a RBI single by Arriaga.
Freitag hit a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game and the Dolphins had chance to win the game with two outs, but Owls Tara Grady killed the rally.
Jessica Sachs hit a run-scoring single in the 11th inning to help the Owls a 7-6 victory.
Grady (2-0) earned the win after pitching four scoreless innings. Jennifer Musillo retired the Dolphins in order in the 11th inning to earn her first save of the season, while starter Kathryn Stauffer allowed six runs, five earned, in six innings to pick up the no-decision.
Dolphins reliever Katie Buell was tagged with the loss after allowing one unearned run in 3.1 innings. Amber Janowski tossed two innings and allowed two runs on three hits. Senior Katie Dobson surrendered four runs in 5.2 innings to earn a no-decision in her final home start for the Dolphins.
Freitag finished game one going 4-for-5 with one triple and five RBI.
In the second game, the Owls scored three runs on two singles and a fielder's choice in the third inning en route to a 4-0 win. Sachs added an insurance run in the sixth inning on a single to the right side.
Musillo (8-7) earned the win in the circle for the Owls by pitching a complete-game shutout and allowing on three hits, while fanning 11 batters.
Buell (2-4) took the loss in the second game by giving up three runs on three hits in 1.1 innings of work. Shannon Jensen allowed one run on four hits and struck out four batters in 5.2 innings of relief.
Sophomore Jillian Mirante led the offense in the second game with two hits.
"At this point in the season, we don't have time to think about the losses," said Gentile. "We have to move on by having a great week of practice in preparation for Stetson."
The Dolphins wrap up the A-Sun regular season schedule with a doubleheader against Stetson in DeLand, Fla. on Saturday, May 6 at 7 p.m.