Homers lift Softball past Seton Hall, 6-1

March 8, 2006

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- - The Jacksonville University softball team hit three home runs in game two to down Seton Hall, 6-1, on Wednesday night at the JU Softball Complex.

Katie Pestrak, Beth Glasscock and Alexis Novak each smashed home runs for the Dolphins (9-13), while senior Katie Dobson pitched 6.2 shutout innings to secure the victory.

The Pirates (7-9) scored five runs in the first two innings of game one en route to an 8-3 win.

"I am happy that we got a win, but I'm not happy we got a split," said JU head coach Melissa Gentile. "The way we came out in game one was not indicative of a JU softball team. But overall I am happy with the way we swung the bats in game two because it showed how good we can really hit."

In the first inning of game two, the Dolphins nailed two home runs to take an early 3-0 lead. Glasscock smashed hit first home run of her collegiate career, two-run shot, to left field to cap off the inning. Novak added a solo home run in the fourth inning to extend the Dolphins advantage to 4-0.

Senior Kacey Yourous singled home Pestrak in the fifth inning. Yourous would later score in the inning on an error to cap off the Dolphins scoring at six runs.

Leah Menichetti hit a two-out solo home run in the seventh inning, but Dobson (4-4) quashed the late comeback to earn the win.

Dobson pitched a complete game and scattered eight hits, while fanning seven batters for the Dolphins.

Pirates starter Ashley Arnett (2-3) took the loss by surrendering four runs on five hits in three innings.

In game one, the Pirates scored three runs on four hits in the first inning for the initial lead.

Pestrak scored in the first inning off a wild pitch to cut the Pirates lead to 3-1.

Katie Pierce doubled home two runners in the second inning to extend the Pirates advantage to 5-1.

The Dolphins answered again the third inning by scoring off an illegal pitch by Pirates reliever Maura Lund.

Pierce drove in a run on a triple in the sixth inning to give the Pirates a 7-2 lead. The Pirates added another run in the seventh inning to end their scoring attack.

In the seventh inning, senior Janine Palumbo brought home Jillian Mirante on a base loaded one-out single, but Pirates starter Jessica Jones ended the Dolphins late rally.

Jones (1-4) earned the win after allowing three runs on five hits, while striking out four in seven innings.

Sophomore Shannon Jensen (4-8) took the loss by surrendering eight runs on 13 hits and recorded five strikeouts in seven innings.

The Dolphins travel to compete in Clearwater, Fla. on Thursday at the USF adidas Spring Break Invitational. They open with Tennessee Tech at 1 p.m. before wrapping up the day against Purdue at 6 p.m.