Shannon Jensen Hurls Fifth Shutout to Garner Split against UCF

April 23, 2005

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

ORLANDO, Fla. - Freshman Shannon Jensen (Callahan, Fla.) tossed her second consecutive shutout in game two to lead the JU softball team to a split against UCF in an Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon at the UCF Softball Complex. The Golden Knights (39-24-1, 11-5 A-Sun) took game one, 7-5, before the Dolphins (29-28, 8-9 A-Sun) rebounded for the 2-0 win, the first win in program history against UCF.

Junior centerfielder Katie Pestrak (Gainesville, Fla.) extended her hitting streak to 10 games, going 3-for-5 with an RBI in the twinbill. Freshman Jillian Mirante (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and junior Kacey Yourous (Hardin, Ky.) picked up hits in both games.

The Dolphins wasted no time in the second game getting on the board, as Pestrak singled home junior shortstop Stephanie Farabee (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day), who drew a leadoff walk from UCF starter Ashley Baker and stole second to move into scoring position. JU added their insurance run in the fourth, when Mirante doubled home junior third baseman Lindsey Freitag (Lake Stevens, Wash.).

Jensen (11-9) tossed 7.0 innings, fanning six while scattering four hits and one walk in her fifth career shutout. Baker took the loss, giving up one earned run in 2.0 innings.

In game one, JU squandered many scoring chances, leaving 14 runners on base. The Golden Knights also took advantage of three Dolphin errors, scoring four unearned runs in the contest.

JU tried to come back from a 7-3 deficit in the seventh, as the first two hitters, Freitag and Mirante, drew walks. After junior second baseman Ashley Houston (Glen St. Mary's, Fla.) moved the runners into scoring position with a sacrifice, Freitag scored on a throwing error by UCF third baseman Bryttani Lindheim. Mirante came home on Stephanie Best's error. With the tying runs on base via the errors, Golden Knights pitcher Lindsay Enders got Pestrak to ground out to second to end the game.

UCF took the lead in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs after two errors by JU. The Golden Knights got RBI singles from Enders and Crystle Krafft and an RBI groundout from Nikki Green, putting UCF up 7-3. The four runs answered the two the Dolphins plated in the top half of the frame. Jensen doubled home Pestrak and later scored on Mirante's single, tying up the game at 3-3. The Dolphins loaded up the bases with one out, but Enders got two straight infield pop flies to get out of the frame.

The Golden Knights retook the lead in the fourth with an RBI single by Enders, which put them up 2-1. UCF made it 3-1 when Best scored on an error by Freitag.

Jensen tied up the game in the third when she doubled home senior Lauren Redfern (Jacksonville/Sandalwood). The Dolphins then loaded the bases with one out, but Enders got Mirante to ground to third, where they cut down the lead run at the plate and got Houston to foul out to third.

UCF got the initial lead in the first, when Best, the defending Atlantic Sun Player of the Year, tripled in Alvarez.

JU left the bases loaded on three occasions in the first game, including in the second, where the Dolphins loaded the bases with two out after two hit batsmen and a Farabee single, but Enders got a strike out to get out of that jam. They also stranded two runners on two occasions.

Enders (20-11) scattered seven hits, four walks and four hit batters over 7.0 innings to pick up the win. Junior Katie Dobson (Clearwater, Fla.) allowed nine hits in 6.0 innings, giving up seven runs, three earned, for the loss.

"It's great to get our first win over UCF," said JU head coach Jeff Franquet. "Shannon (Jensen) threw another outstanding game for us tonight. Now we have to take care of business tomorrow."

JU takes on Gardner-Webb at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the JU Softball Complex in the continuation of the game suspended on March 26.