Softball hosts doubleheader against Florida State on Tuesday

Feb. 18, 2008

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Dolphins, fresh after going 2-2 at the Seminole Classic, get a rematch with Florida State in a doubleheader at the JU Softball Complex on Tuesday, after knocking off the Seminole's 5-2 on Friday.

The Dolphins also shutout Bethune-Cookman, 2-0, in the Seminole Classic before falling in two close games to Michigan State and UAB.

Scouting the Seminoles

Florida State has shown early in the season that they can put runs on the board and they can do it quick.

Despite being only one game above .500, the Seminoles have outscored their opponents 52-27, after recording big wins over Southern Miss, Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman.

Head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf enteres her 30th year at the helm of the Seminoles, who were picked to finish third in the ACC in the preseason coaches poll.

Senior center fielder Whitney Buckmon, a 2007 second team all-ACC selection, has gotten off to a hot start for Florida State, batting .469, while freshman infielder Ashley Stager is batting .407.

Freshman catcher Allison Collins leads the team with three home runs.

All-time versus the `Noles

After their win on Friday, the Dolphins trail the Seminoles 6-8 in their all-time series.

Before Florida State swept last season's series, the two teams split the previous three double-headers.

If the Dolphins are able to win both games on Tuesday, it will make the series even for the first team in its history.

Going, going, gone...

It took them until their 12th game of the season, but the Dolphins finally ended their homerun drought against UAB when senior thirdbaseman Sara Gordon hit a three-run shot off of Blazers' starter Jennifer Nelson in the sixth inning.

It was Gordon's first home run for the Dolphins after she transfered from Daytona Beach Community College before last season.

Georgia Southern Eagle Classic

The Dolphins will face-off against some familiar foes as they take part in the Georgia Southern Eagle Classic that begins on Friday.

Besides hosts Georgia Southern, the Dolphins will be up against Minnesota, who the Dolphins opened the season against, as well as facing Oakland for the first time this season.

This will be the first tournament of the season that the Dolphins have participated in that ends with a championship game.

Base-path Thievery

The Dolphins have been stealing bases at a record pace so far in this young season.

Senior outfielder Jillian Mirante, already the school's career leader in stolen bases entering the season, is a perfect 10 for 10 , equaling her school-record that she set last season.

Freshman outfielder Kayla Ouellet is right on her heals, stealing nine bases of her own, including a school-record three in the second game of the double header against Georgia Southern.

The Dolphins as a team have stolen 29 bases, 26 shy of the JU single-season record of 55 set in 2005.