Feb. 28, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Though shut out by No. 4 Washington and No. 10 Florida State the first day of the NFCA Leadoff Classic, Army's softball team averted that same fate against the nation's best when sophomore Jamie Gjurgevich ripped a home run in a 28-1 exhibition loss to the U.S. Olympic Team on Saturday.
Her run was the first given up by the Olympic squad (8-0)thus far at the Classic where they blanked Michigan and Virginia Tech. Gjurgevich could not have picked a better time to rip her first career round tripper when she hit Lori Harrigan's fourth pitch over the center field fence with one out in the top of the fourth. The crowd of 2,532 cheered her as she rounded the bases and her teammates were there to congratulate her when she crossed home plate.
Gjurgevich's hit was the second off Harrigan, who gave up a single to Nikki Posey
with two outs in the second. In the final fifth inning, Lisa Fernandez, known as the best player in the world, took over in the circle to put away the pesky Black Knights.
But the first player she faced, Kate Thomen, connected with a shot to right field where Kelly Ketschman picked up an error when she failed to control the ball.
The U.S. Olympic Team led 1-0 after capitalizing on an error in the first inning followed by five more runs for a 6-0 lead after two frames. Overall, nine home runs were recorded in the game, eight by the Olympic Team with second baseman Lovieanne Jung ripping three to drive in a team-high seven runs while crossing four times herself.
The West Point Color Guard was present along with the Jump Team for the preseason ceremony with junior pitcher Leigh Harrell singing the national anthem.