Softball completes fall season with doubleheader sweep over Daytona Beach CC

Sept. 18, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- - Senior Ashley Houston had two RBIs in game one, while the Dolphins scored eight runs in the first inning of game two to complete a doubleheader sweep over Daytona Beach Community College, 4-1 & 10-0, Saturday afternoon at the JU Softball Complex. The Dolphins finished their first set of games under new head coach Melissa Gentile.

"Today I was very pleased with the way we improved from last week to now," said first-year head coach Melissa Gentile. "We worked on a lot of little things in practice this week like base running and bunting. I was pleased how they responded."

In game one, Houston hit a two-out double just dropping between the shortstop and leftfielder in the first inning, scoring two runners to give the Dolphins an early 2-0 advantage.

The Lady Falcons plated a runner on a double in fourth inning off JU freshman Amber Janowski to cut the Dolphins lead to 2-1. In the same inning, the Falcons threatened with runners in scoring position, but sophomore Jillian Mirante threw out a runner at first from right field to quash the rally.

Senior Katie Pestrak scored off an RBI bunt by freshman Beth Glasscock in the fifth inning to extend the Dolphins lead to 3-1. The Dolphins added another insurance run in the sixth inning on an infield single by Mirante to plate junior Renee LaCroix.

Janowski earned the win, tossing four innings of relief. Dolphin starter senior Katie Dobson, threw three no-hit innings and fanned four to earn the no-decision.

In the first inning of game two, the Dolphins offense came alive to score eight runs on six hits. Senior Stephanie Farabee and freshman Alexis Novak each had triples scoring two runners in the inning.

Novak would score again in the second inning off a throwing error by the Lady Falcons and senior Kacy Yourous scored on junior Valerie Alter's groundout to extend the Dolphins advantage to 10-0.

Dolphins' starter sophomore Shannon Jensen, threw three no-hit innings and retired eight of ten batters faced to earn the win. Junior Katie Buell pitched two scoreless innings of relief to wrap up the game.

"Overall [in the fall season] we have come a long way in a short time," Gentile commented. "We saw glimpses of how this team will be in the spring. We should be a contender for the Atlantic Sun Championship."

The Dolphins open the 2006 season at home against Texas Tech on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m.