Softball loses at Bethune-Cookman, 4-2

Feb. 21, 2007

Box Score

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Jacksonville University softball team couldn't rally from a three-run deficit in the first inning as they fall to Bethune-Cookman, 4-2, on Wednesday afternoon at Sunnyland Park in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Offensively, the Dolphins (2-8) were led by junior Shannon Jensen, who scored both runs after going 2-for-2 with a double and her second home run of the season. Senior Valerie Alter also recorded two hits for JU in the game.

Despite the great game at the plate, Jensen (0-4) took the loss in the circle for the Dolphins after surrendering fours runs on seven hits, while tallying four strikeouts in six innings.

"I'm disappointed with our effort and focus today," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "Bethune-Cookman came ready to play and we didn't. They deserved to win the game."

The Wildcats (4-5) grabbed the initial lead in the first inning on a one-out run-scoring single by Christina Trimble. After a walk, Shanterra Davis capped off the inning with a two-run double to left center for the 3-0 advantage.

In the second inning, Jensen scored on a throwing error by right fielder Tameika Jones to cut JU's deficit to 3-1. Jensen opened the inning with a double to left field.

Holly Bussey extended the Wildcat lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the second inning on a single up the middle to plate Ariel Robinson.

Jensen hit a two-out home run in the fourth inning off Wildcat starter Jessica Hurtado, but reliever Lanaya Jenkins would pitch 2.1 scoreless innings to quash the Dolphins' comeback.

Hurtado (2-2) earned the win by allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits in 4.2 innings, while Jenkins picked up her first save of the season after surrendering one hit.

The Dolphins are back in action on Friday as the travel to Boca Raton, Fla. to compete in the Florida Atlantic Pepsi Classic. They open with Texas Tech at 9 a.m. and Illinois at 1 p.m. On Saturday, JU faces James Madison at 9:30 a.m. before taking on the Bethune-Cookman for the second time this week at 11 a.m.