FRIDAY, MARCH 07, 2008
Softball earns 4-3 win over Maine in eight innings

March 7, 2008

Box Score

CLEARWATER, Fla. - The JU softball team won their third game in a row in dramatic fashion on Friday, after they rallied for a 4-3 extra-inning victory over Maine in the USF/Under Armour Invitational in Clearwater, Fla.

Sophomore catcher Ashley Mora entered the game as a pinch hitter and delivered the single that regained the lead and clinched the victory.

"I am proud of how our girls fought back today," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "Our pitchers really performed and we got the big hits when we needed them."

The Dolphins' (12-13) got an early lead in the second inning after sophomore second baseman Kelly McKeon drove in freshman shortstop Katie Kelly, who led off the inning with a double. Sophomore first baseman Amber Moseley then doubled in McKeon to give the Dolphins' the 2-0 lead.

The Black Bears (0-15) responded with a two-out, bases-clearing double in the third inning from third baseman Terren Hall to take a 3-2 lead.

Maine held the lead until the fifth inning when a sacrifice fly by senior designated player Patricia Melo scored freshman outfielder Kayla Ouellet to tie the game at 3-3.

Senior pitcher Shannon Jensen (5-7) picked up the win after pitching three scoreless innings of relief. Sophomore pitcher Ashley Iveson, in her first game back from injury, started the game for the Dolphins and allowed three runs, while striking out five in five innings to earn the no-decision.

The Dolphins recorded 11 hits, including two each from McKeon, Melo and Mosley.

The second game between the Dolphins and Penn State lasted only an inning and a half before it was postponed due to rain. It will be continued tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. in Clearwater. Fla. The Dolphins will also be in action against South Florida at 3:30 p.m.