THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2005
Softball Stays Alive in Atlantic Sun Championship with 4-2 Win Over Stetson

May 12, 2005

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BOCA RATON, Fla. - Senior left fielder Mayte Diaz (Silver Springs, Fla.) singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth while going 3-for-3 at the plate, while pitcher Shannon Jensen (Callahan, Fla.), the Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year, tossed a complete game as the Dolphins survived their first elimination game against Stetson, 4-2, Thursday evening in the A-Sun Softball Championship at FAU Field. The win is JU's first in program history in the conference championship. The Dolphins now face the loser of the UCF vs. Florida Atlantic game Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. in an elimination game at FAU Field.

Freshman right fielder Jillian Mirante (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) went 2-for-3 with a run scored while junior shortstop Stephanie Farabee (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day), junior centerfielder Katie Pestrak (Gainesville, Fla.) and senior catcher Lauren Redfern (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) all added an RBI single during the contest.

The Dolphins took the lead in the sixth, as Mirante reached on an infield single. After Jensen moved her to second on a sacrifice bunt, she advanced to third on a Teri Lake passed ball. Diaz then stepped up, knocking the ball through the left side to plate Mirante. After Diaz moved to second on another passed ball, Farabee brought her home with a single to left, giving JU the 4-2 advantage

JU tied up the game in the fifth on back-to-back RBI singles by Redfern and Pestrak.

Stetson took the early lead in the bottom of the first when Brittani Houghton scored on an error after Shawna Wiggs reached via a bunt single. After Jensen got Melissa Wiggins to fly out, the Hatters loaded the bases on a Lindsay Wightman single and a walk to Jessica King. Wiggs then scampered home on a wild pitch by Jensen. The freshman then buckled down, striking out Carrie Cruit and getting Angie Eguilior on a grounder back to the circle.

"This is a huge high for our team," said JU head coach Jeff Franquet. "I'm proud of the way our kids played today. Shannon (Jensen) stepped up big in the circle, and it was great to see Mayte (Diaz) come through at the plate for us."

Jensen (13-10) allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits while striking out four over 7.0 innings in the win. The Hatters' Jennifer Buckley (7-6) picked up the loss, giving up nine hits and four runs, two earned, while striking out nine in 7.0 innings.