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Sickles shuts out University

By DON JENSEN

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 6, 2001


TAMPA -- One player who has been there and another who hasn't combined to put Sickles back in familiar territory.

Senior left-hander Julie Henneke, who led the Gryphons to a state runner-up finish in 2000,fired a one-hitter, and sophomore transfer Darlene Hollister hit a bases-loaded triple as Sickles defeated Orlando University 3-0 Saturday. The Gryphons (22-4) will play Miami Sunset on Wednesday. "(Going to state) never gets old, and the feeling is indescribable," Sickles coach Tammy Overcash said. "Now, we want to take it all the way."

Henneke (17-4) struck out 10, walked two and threw 75 of 115 pitches for strikes. Only one ball was hit out of the infield by University (20-13), Jesse Edwards' fourth-inning single that barely eluded second baseman Daira Rivera.

Hollister, who was injured last year while attending Wharton, gave Henneke plenty of breathing room with her third-inning, bases-clearing triple to right-centerfield off Juana Colon (16-11).

Henneke retired the final nine Cougars after escaping a jam in the fourth. Edwards' single, a walk and a fielder's choice gave University runners on second and third with two outs. Jamie Cutcher then hit a groundball to third baseman Jackie Leppla, who mishandled it.

But Leppla quickly retrieved the ball and fired it to second, where Amy Hauser was tagged out trying to get back to the base.

"It was definitely a heads-up play," Overcash said. "It kind of took the wind out of them after that. We've got to work on the bats a little more. We left too many people (six) on base."

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