MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2006
Softball sweeps Atlantic Sun Player of the Week awards
March 13, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville University softball team swept Atlantic Sun Conference weekly honors for the first time in program history as senior Katie Dobson was named the A-Sun pitcher of the week, while freshman Beth Glasscock earned offensive player of the week accolades, it was announced today by the conference office.
The duo helped the Dolphins (14-16) to six wins last week, including the Bronze Flight title at the USF adidas Invitational. With the victories, the Dolphins are now off to their best start in school history and are in search of back-to-back A-Sun tournament bids.
"I'm very proud of Beth and Katie because they both played great this week," said JU head coach Melissa Gentile. "Even though this is an individual award, everyone on the team should share it because they all had a small part in our success. I am also happy with the way our team is playing heading into a tough California schedule."
Glasscock recorded 20 total bases, nine hits, nine RBI, three home runs and two doubles to lead the Dolphins with a .346 average in nine games late week. She also becomes the first Dolphin position player to earn conference player of the week accolades in school history.
Against Seton Hall, Glasscock smashed her first home run of the season, a two-run shot, to help the Dolphins to a 6-1 victory. She hit a walk-off two- run home run to help the Dolphins down Fordham, 4- 2, in extra innings at the USF adidas Invitational. Glasscock launched a three-run homer against Buffalo to propel the Dolphins into the Bronze Flight final of the USF adidas Invitational. She wrapped up the tournament by driving in two runs on a double against Central Michigan to help aide the Dolphins in a 10-3 victory to win the Bronze Flight.
Dobson, who becomes the fourth Dolphin to earn pitcher of the week honors, logged 38.1 innings in seven appearances and picked up four wins last week. She also hurled five complete games, including an eight inning effort for a victory against Fordham. Dobson recorded seven strikeouts and allowed one run in a 6-1 victory against Seton Hall. She also struck out four batters on three occasions (Tennessee Tech, Northern Illinois and Buffalo). Dobson now leads the Dolphins pitching staff in wins (7) and ERA (2.34).
The Dolphins return to action on Thursday in Stockton, Calif., to play in the University of Pacific Mini tournament. They open the tournament with Long Island at 2 p.m. before finishing the day playing host Pacific at 4 p.m.