Softball sweeps Georgia Southern

Feb. 13, 2008

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU softball team swept their doubleheader with Georgia Southern on Wednesday, claiming an 8-6, and a 3-2 victory at the JU Softball Complex.

Senior pitcher Shannon Jensen picked up a win in the first game and a save in the second after coming in as a reliever in both games for starter freshman Jackie Samuels.

Sophomore first basemen Amber Moseley delivered a big two RBI double in the first game, while some key base running by freshmen outfielders Kayla Ouellet and Katarina Engler helped the Dolphins overcome a late charge by the Eagles in game two.

"It is always good to beat a team like Georgia Southern who is very well coached, very disciplined and who always have a good program" said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "Overall, tonight we executed on offense and we came up with some big hits. Defense was a little shaky, but they are starting to make the routine plays, compared to this weekend when we were missing some easy outs."

The Dolphins (4-4) found themselves down 6-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth in game one, but an RBI single by pinch hitter junior outfielder Alexis Novak, a bases loaded walk by freshman catcher Jessica Abraham, and a couple of errors by the Eagles, saw the Dolphins cut the lead to 6-5.

Abraham picked up her second RBI in the sixth inning as she singled in senior outfielder Jillian Mirante, who went three for three in the game and scored three runs. After freshman shortstop Katie Kelly reached on a fielder's choice and senior outfielder Sara Gordon singled to load the bases with two outs and the game tied at six apiece, Mosley delivered a double which plated Abraham and Kelly and gave the Dolphins the lead for good.

Mosley finished the night three for three and sophomore third baseman Beth Glasscock also had two hits and an RBI. As a team, the Dolphins finished with 13 hits.

Jensen improved her record to 2-2 after pitching 4.2 innings and giving up four runs (no earned). Kristan Glover picked up the loss for the Eagles, who were picked to finish second in the Southern Conference in the coaches' preseason poll, after giving up three runs (no earned) in one inning of relief.

Samuels was the story in game two, as she gave up only one run (no earned) in six innings, while striking out four. Ouellet, back in the leadoff spot for the Dolphins, drew a leadoff walk and promptly stole second base. After Mirante reached on an error and with runners at the corners, Lehotak called for a double steal which saw both runners advance and Ouellet score easily to give the Dolphins the one run lead.

After Abraham doubled in the fourth inning, freshman outfielder Katarina Engler entered the game as a pinch runner. After a sacrifice bunt by Kelly that advanced her to third, Engler scored on a wild pitch. Ouellet singled in the fifth, before recording her school record third stolen base of the game. She gave the Dolphins the 3-0 lead after scoring on an error by Georgia Southern.

After the Eagles scored a run off Samuels in the sixth, Jensen came in to close out the ball game. Though she gave up one run (no earned) in her inning of work, she recorded the first Dolphin save of the season and the second of her career.

The Dolphins will be back in action on Friday, as they travel to Tallahassee, Fla. to compete in the Seminole Classic.