Softball earns Atlantic Sun all-conference honors

May 10, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- - The Jacksonville University softball team had two players earn All-Atlantic Sun Conference honors as released by the conference office on Wednesday.

Senior Janine Palumbo earned second team all-conference honors, while Beth Glasscock made the all-freshman team under the guidance of first year head coach Melissa Gentile.

"I am proud of the two kids we have representing JU on the all-conference teams," said Gentile. "They played well for us all season and come through in times when we need them the most."

In her final season with the Dolphins, Palumbo tallied a career-best .333 batting average, while adding a team-high 49 hits. She also led the team and ranked fifth in the conference with 11 doubles. Palumbo ranked first this season in home runs (three), total bases (69), slugging percentage (.469) and on-base percentage (.434). For her career, Palumbo has played in every game for the Dolphins since its inception in 2003, while also finishing as the career leader in 15 offensive categories and six defensive categories.

Palumbo recorded a hit in every conference game this season, including the game-winning single in extra innings against Kennesaw State on March 24. She also had eight multiple-hit games in conference and a seven-game hitting streak.

"Janine led our team with her bat all season," Gentile said. "She came through as a clutch hitter when we needed her and I couldn't be happier that she went out with all-conference honors in her final year."

Glasscock led the team with 27 RBI to become the third Dolphin in four years to earn all-freshman honors. She also was second on the team and ranked seventh in conference with 10 doubles.

On March 4, Glasscock hit two doubles and drove in a season-high five runs to help the Dolphins down Savannah State. She also had two doubles and four RBI in the victory over East Tennessee State.

Earlier this season, Glasscock became the first Dolphins position player to earn A-Sun "Player of the Week" honors after helping the Dolphins win the Bronze Flight at the USF adidas Invitational on March 12. During that week, she 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.

"Beth being recognized on the all-freshman team is a great honor for our program," said Gentile. "She has the potential to do great things in her career over the next three years."

In her first season with the Dolphins, Gentile finished with a 22-37 record and fell two games short of leading the team to their second consecutive A-Sun conference tournament.