WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 2006
Softball signs five players for the 2007 season
June 14, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University head softball coach Melissa Gentile has wasted no time in making preparations for the 2007 season after completing her first recruiting class.
The Dolphins coaching staff announced the signing of pitcher Brittany Abbott (Rockledge, Fla.), first baseman Amber Moseley (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), outfielder Kelly McKeon (Hollywood, Fla.), infielder Sara Gordon (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) and catcher Ashley Mora (Castro Valley, Calif.) for the 2007 season.
The five student athletes join Ashley Forsyth (Jacksonville/FCCJ), Patricia Melo (Jacksonville/FCCJ), Simone Bruemmer (Kalamazoo, Mich.) and right-handed pitcher Ashley Iveson (St. Cloud, Fla.) who signed with the Dolphins during the early signing period.
"I am anxious to get this incoming class into fall practice to start testing them right away," said Gentile. "As a whole, this class brings us some depth and versatility that we need badly after losing seven players to graduation last season. I know that this class shares the vision for our program and is willing to put in the work to help JU softball reach its goals for next season and many seasons to come."
Abbot, a four-year starter at the Rockledge High School, finished her career with a school-record 705 strikeouts and 75 wins. As a senior, she led the Raiders with an 18-6 mark and 220 strikeouts in the circle.
Moseley, a four-year starter at Royal Palm Beach High School, battled .340 at first base to earn first-team all-county team accolades in her senior season. As a junior, she was named team defensive player of the year.
McKeon, a four-year letter winner at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, led the Raiders to three consecutive district championships in her tenure. As a junior, she was named first-team all-county and second-team all-state for her efforts in centerfield. McKeon also helped the squad to a 5A state championship as a freshman.
Gordon, who has spent the last two seasons at Daytona Beach Community College, earned junior college all-tournament accolades during the 2006 season. In her prep career, she was a four-year letter winner at Cocoa High School, where she earned all-state accoades in her final two seasons after helping the squad to a final four appearance in 2003.
Mora, currently a senior at Castro Valley High School, lettered in softball and wrestling during her four-year tenure. On the softball field, she helped the Trojans to three consecutive North Coast Section Tournament berths. As a senior on the wrestling team, Mora won the H.A.A.L. and NCS championship, while also placing fourth in the national championship
In her first season at JU, Gentile, the Dolphins finished with a 22-37 record in 2006 and narrowly missed making their second consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.