SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2006
Softball wins twice to take the Bronze Flight of the USF adidas Invitational

March 12, 2006

Box Score

CLEARWATER, Fla.- - The Jacksonville University softball team defeated Buffalo, 7-3, and downed Central Michigan, 10-3, to win the Bronze Flight of the USF adidas Invitational on Sunday afternoon in Clearwater, Fla.

With the wins, the Dolphins (14-16) are off to the best start in school history on the hardest schedule in the program's existence.

"I am really pleased with the way our team finished up the tournament," said JU head coach Melissa Gentile. "We got better each game. I am also really proud of the way our team has fought back from the 0-7 start."

Against Central Michigan, the Dolphins scored nine runs on five hits in the first inning to put the game out of reach. Freshman Alexis Novak doubled to bring home two runs, while Janine Palumbo and Renee LaCroix each had an RBI in the first inning.

LaCroix added another RBI on a single in the fourth inning to cap off the Dolphins scoring.

The Chippewas (7-13) scored twice in the first inning off a sacrifice fly by Brittany Decker and a groundout by Christan Dhondt. They scored again on a groundout in the second inning, but the Chippewas couldn't overcome the Dolphins large lead.

JU reliever Shannon Jensen (6-9) earned the win by tossing five shutout innings and recording three strikeouts. Katie Dobson allowed three runs, two earned, on two hits in two innings to earn a no-decision.

In the first game, the Bulls (5-10) grabbed the initial lead by scoring a run off an Dolphins error in the first inning.

Kacey Yourous and LaCroix each had RBI singles in the bottom of the first inning to give the Dolphins a 2-1 advantage.

The Dolphins extended their lead in the second inning on a three-run home run by freshman Beth Glasscock. Glasscock's home run is her second in two days.

Bulls first baseman Dana Carter had a RBI single in the fourth inning, but sophomore Jillian Mirante singled home Alexis Novak in the fifth inning to bounce the Dolphins lead to 7-2.

In seventh inning, Dobson squashed a late Bulls rally to secure the win for the Dolphins.

Dobson (7-6) earned the win, allowing three runs, one earned, on two hits and struck out four batters in seven innings.

The Dolphins travel to California to compete in two tournaments starting on Thursday. On Thursday, the Dolphins play in the University of Pacific Mini Tournament in Stockton, Calif. They open the tournament against Long Island at 2 p.m. before finishing the day with Pacific at 4 p.m. The Dolphins will play in the Sacramento State Capital Classic starting on Friday.