Softball defeats Florida State 5-2

Feb. 15, 2008

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The JU softball team extended their winning streak to four on Friday after shutting out Bethune-Cookman 2-0, and then defeating Florida State 5-2.

Freshman pitcher Jackie Samuels (3-1) earned the win in both games, combining with senior Shannon Jensen who recorded two saves. Samuels pitched 4.1 scoreless innings and recorded three strikeouts against Bethune-Cookman, before limiting Florida State to one run in 4.2 innings of work, while recording four strikeouts.

The Dolphins (6-4), who defeated Florida State for the first time in two years, The Dolphins got off to a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Florida State when freshman outfielder Kayla Ouellet received a leadoff walk and stole second. After senior designated player Patricia Melo advanced her to third, Ouellet scored on a wild pitch.

"It was a great team victory," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak."We had some clutch hitting, especially the RBI's by Pat Melo, Shannon Monahan and Katie Kelly. Our pitching from Jackie and Shannon was excellent and our defense came up huge on a couple of big plays."

The score was 3-0 in the third after a two RBI triple by Melo scored Ouellet and freshman outfielder Katarina Engler, who had back-to-back singles.

A home run by Kayla Collins in the fifth reduced the lead to 3-1, but RBI singles by sophomore shortstop Shannon Monahan and freshman second baseman Katie Kelly gave the Dolphins a 5-1 advantage.

The Seminoles managed one more run in the seventh, but Jensen was able to hold on and register her third save of the season.

Against Bethune Cookman, the Dolphins took the lead in the fourth, when sophomore first baseman Amber Moseley singled in senior outfielder Sara Gordon.

Samuels had a no-hitter going before getting into some trouble in the fifth. In relief came Jensen, with one out and the bases loaded, who forced the Wildcats to ground into an inning ending double play. Melo added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth, when she scored following an error after junior outfielder Alexis Novak singled.

"We came out flat but we fought hard," Lehotak said. "We were aggressive on he base paths and were able to make things happen to pull out the victory."

The Dolphins had a big night on the bases, recording seven steals in the two games, including four in the third inning against Bethune-Cookman. Senior outfielder Jillian Mirante, the school's career leader in steals, led the way with three swipes, while Ouellet and Melo recorded two apiece.

The Seminole Classic continues for the Dolphins on Saturday, as they take on Michigan State at 2:30 p.m. and UAB at 4:45 p.m. in Tallahassee, Fla.