SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2006
Softball downs East Tennessee State in game two, 8-3

March 26, 2006

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- - Sophomore Shannon Jensen had a home run and three RBI, while also recording eight strikeouts in the circle to help the Jacksonville University softball team down East Tennessee State, 8-3, in game two of an Atlantic Sun doubleheader, Sunday afternoon at the JU Softball Complex.

The Dolphins (18-24, 2-2 A-Sun) lost the first game, 8-0, in six innings and have now split five of seven doubleheaders this season.

"I was happy to get the split today so it can help our conference record," said JU head coach Melissa Gentile. "Our bats came alive in the second game, but our defense wasn't great today. The defense has to get better and that is the bottom line."

In the first inning, the Dolphins grabbed an initial 3-0 lead by scoring off singles from Jensen and Renee LaCroix, while also adding a run from a sacrifice fly by freshman Beth Glasscock.

The Buccaneers (9-22, 2-4 A-Sun) scored a run off a double steal in the second inning. They added a run in the fourth inning off an RBI single to right center by Buccaneers starter, and eventual losing pitcher, Courtney Jenkins to cut the Dolphins advantage to 3-2.

Jensen led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a solo home run to left field to give the Dolphins a 4-2 lead. For Jensen, it was her first homer of the season.

In the fifth inning, Jensen and Glasscock each drove in a run on doubles to extend their lead to 6-3. Glasscock wrapped up the Dolphins scoring in the sixth inning, when she knocked in two runs on her second double of the game.

Glasscock finished 2-for-3 with four RBI, while Jensen went 3-for-3 with a home run, a double and three RBI.

Jensen (7-13) retired her final six batters to earn the victory in the circle for the Dolphins. She allowed three unearned runs on two hits and fanned eight batters in seven innings.

Jenkins (1-9) took the loss after allowing six runs on eight hits in four innings. Buccaneers reliever Brittany Lehrschall surrendered two runs in two innings of work.

In game one, the Buccaneers scored five runs in the second inning en route to a 8-0 victory.

Mary Catherine Vercoe hit a three-run home run off JU starter and eventual losing pitcher Katie Dobson in the second inning. Briana Knight also added a two-run double in the sixth inning to help the Buccaneers cause.

The Dolphins defense made three errors in the first game, which lead to five Buccaneer runs. Overall, the Dolphins committed five errors in two games.

Vercoe (3-8) earned the win in the circle after tossing six shutout innings and recording three strike outs.

Dobson (7-10) was tagged with the loss by surrendering six runs, five earned, on six hits in 2.1 innings. Freshman Amber Janowski allowed two runs in 3.2 innings of relief.

The Dolphins travel to Macon, Ga. on Saturday, April 1 to take on Mercer for an Atlantic Sun doubleheader starting at noon.