Softball falls twice at the Sunshine State Tournament on Saturday

Feb. 17, 2007

Box Score

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Jacksonville University softball team dropped games to South Carolina, 10-3, and Kansas, 10-2, on the final day of the Sunshine State Tournament on Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee, Fla.

The Gamecocks (8-1) scored five runs in the first inning on the Dolphins (2-7) to take the first game, while the Jayhawks (4-3-1) used a seven-run third inning to earn the win against JU in game two.

Junior Sara Gordon and Valerie Alter each paced the Dolphins with three hits, while Shannon Jensen drove in three of the five JU runs on the day.

Gordon also became the first JU player in four seasons to earn regular-season all-tournament honors after recording a .455 batting average (5-11) with one double and three RBI in four games.

"It was a really rough day," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "We have to learn not to give up the big innings because that was the difference in both games."

The Gamecocks scored five runs on two outs to gain a 5-0 advantage in the first inning of the Dolphins' first game.

With bases loaded, Jessica Josker drove home two runs on a double down the left field line. Jacqueline Wetherbee followed with a three-run home run to center field off Jensen to cap off the first inning.

Wetherbee extended the Gamecocks' lead to 7-1 in the fourth inning with her second home run of the game to left field. Melissa Hendon would later drive home Ashton Payne to finish off the inning.

Trailing 8-1 in the fifth inning, freshman Simone Bruemmer led off with a walk from Gamecocks' starter Krystle Robinson. After a groundout by Jillian Mirante, Bruemmer moved to third on an infield single by Alter. Renee LaCroix would bring home Bruemmer on the next at bat with a ground out to second base.

A batter later, Alter scored on a single up the middle from Jensen to cut the Gamecocks' lead to 8-3.

The Gamecocks added two more runs in the sixth inning and reliever Kate Pouliot retired the final six Dolphin batters to secure the win.

Robinson (2-1) earned the win in the circle for South Carolina after tossing five innings and allowing three runs on five hits, while recording two strikeouts.

Jensen (0-3) was tagged with the loss for JU by surrendering five runs on three hits in 0.2 innings. Freshman Brittany Abbott logged four innings of relief in her second appearance for the Dolphins.

In game two, the Jayhawks lead initially when they scored two runs in the first inning off a throwing error and sacrifice fly.

Gordon scored on an infield single by Jensen in the bottom of the first inning to make it a one-run deficit for JU, but Kansas scored seven runs off four hits an inning later to ensure the 10-2 victory.

The Dolphins were able to scratch across another run in the fourth inning on run-scoring single to left field by Gordon to wrap up the offense on the day.

Jayhawks' starter Sarah Vertelka (1-1) earned the win after tossing five innings and allowing two runs on six hits, while fanning three batters.

Senior Katie Buell (1-3) took the loss for JU after surrendering 10 runs (nine earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts and six walks in five innings.

The Dolphins are back in action on Wednesday for a single game against Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach, Fla. at 5 p.m.