FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2008
Softball splits doubleheader with Belmont
March 21, 2008
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU softball team split its doubleheader with Belmont on Friday night, winning the first game, 5-4, before dropping the second game 6-3 in eight innings.
Senior designated player Patricia Melo blasted her first home run of the season for the Dolphins in game one to tie the game at 4-4.
The Dolphins (14-23, 2-4 A-Sun) found themselves down 3-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, but rallied with three runs of their own to tie the game.
Senior first baseman Sara Gordon scored freshman shortstop Katie Kelly on a sacrifice fly, before a double off the wall by sophomore second baseman Kelly McKeon scored sophomore catcher Ashley Mora all the way from first. McKeon then scored on a Belmont throwing error after some heads up base running.
Bruins' right fielder Heather Grossnickle put Belmont (9-14, 2-4 A-Sun) back in front 4-3, after her single scored designated player Julie Harmon who doubled.
Melo put the ball over the left field wall to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth, before sophomore third baseman Beth Glasscock gave the Dolphins' the win with an RBI single that scored senior right fielder Jillian Mirante.
Senior pitcher Shannon Jensen picked up the win for the Dolphins after giving up one run in five innings of relief work, while allowing five hits and striking out one.
Sophomore pitcher Ashley Iveson started the game for the Dolphins, giving up three runs in two innings, while striking out one. Freshman left fielder Katarina Engler went 2-for-3 and recorded her first career triple in the third.
The Dolphins got off to the early lead in game one, when a single to centerfield by Mora scored Kelly. The lead was short lived, as Belmont responded with two runs in the top of the second to take the 2-1 lead.
A home run by Belmont catcher Jes McMillian gave the Bruins a 3-1, lead before the Dolphins evened things up in the bottom of the fifth with a two out rally.
Gordon's infield single scored Kelly, who walked to begin the inning, and after McKeon reached on an error that moved Gordon to second, Engler's drive to left field even the game at three all.
Unfortunately that would be all the scoring for the Dolphins' as Belmont scored three in the top of the eighth to secure the 6-3, victory.
Jensen (7-9) took the loss for the Dolphins, giving up three runs (two earned) in 3.1 innings of relief work.
Freshman pitcher Jackie Samuels started the game for the Dolphins and gave up three runs (one earned) in 4.2 innings.
Sammi Parks (7-8) picked up the win in game two for the Bruins after taking the loss in the first game.
The Dolphins will be back in action on Tuesday as they host Canisius in a doubleheader at the JU Softball Complex beginning at 4 p.m.