SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2011
Softball’s offense soars past Winthrop, 7-1
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For the second time today, the bats were alive for the JU softball team as they pounded a season-high 13 hits en route to a 7-1 victory against Winthrop on Saturday night at the USF The Game Tournament.

Six different Dolphin (18-11) hitters finished with multiple hits, while freshman Miranda Fleming had a three-run homer to finish with four RBI. Sophomore Sarah Simon also drove in two runs and senior Katie Kelly added a double to tie the all-time career mark with Janine Palumbo (2003-06) at 35.

In the circle, senior Jackie Samuels (1-1) was lights out for the Dolphins after allowing an unearned run on six hits and four strikeouts in seven innings for the win.

“This was another good win,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “I was very pleased with our offense again and Jackie was solid in the circle. We need to build off of this momentum for tomorrow and next week as we start conference play.”

Teja Durante drove in the lone run for the Lady Eagles (6-16) in the second inning, while Ashleigh Jackson (2-5) allowed seven runs, six earned, on 13 hits in seven innings to take the loss.

Trailing 1-0 in the third inning, junior Amanda Schmidt led off with a single to right field. Simon plated Schmidt in the next at-bat with a double to right field to tie the game for the Dolphins. After a strikeout, Simon scored on a single by freshman Karson Tuck. Kelly walked with two outs and freshman Jacey Warner reached on a fielding error to load the bases. Fleming was hit by a pitch which scored Tuck for the 3-1 JU lead.

In the sixth inning, junior Kayla Ouellet opened by legging out an infield single and advancing to third in the next at-bat on a sacrifice bunt. Simon plated Ouellet with a single to center field to give the Dolphins a 4-1 advantage.

Samuels would retire seven Lady Eagles’ batters in a row before allowing a one-out single in the sixth inning. Winthrop moved the runner into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, but Kelly made a diving catch in foul territory during the next at-bat to end the inning.

Kelly continued her momentum by leading off the seventh inning with a double to center field to tie the JU career mark. Warner followed with a single, while Fleming cleared the bases with a home run to left center field.

Samuels pitched a scoreless seventh to secure her first win of the season.

The Dolphins close the tournament tomorrow against Boston at 9:30 a.m.