Softball loses twice in the JU tournament on Saturday

Feb. 10, 2007

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville University softball team just couldn't find any luck on Saturday afternoon as they fell to Minnesota, 1-0, and Southern Illinois, 3-1, for the second consecutive day at the JU Tournament.

Junior Patricia Melo recorded three hits in two games to lead all JU (0-4) hitters, while Shannon Jensen recorded her first home run of the season against Southern Illinois. Freshman Kelly McKeon also finished with a pair of hits and a double on the day.

"We did some really good things today, but couldn't quite get the wins," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "There was some improvement is several different area during the games. We will continue improving and see what happens."

In the second game of the day, the Dolphins grabbed a 1-0 over the Salukis (3-1) with a first pitch solo home run by Jensen to left field off Cassidy Scoggins in second inning.

Jayme Wamsley would even the game for Southern Illinois in the fourth inning with a run-scoring single to left center field off Jensen. After the single, Becky Wegmann brought home a runner on a sacrifice fly to left field. Katie Wagner capped off the inning with a RBI single to give the Salukis a 5-1 advantage.

Mckeon lead off the fifth inning with a double, but Scggoins quashed the Dolphins' opportunity to help secure the win in the circle for the Salukis.

Scoggins (1-1) earned the win after allowing one run on five hits with six strikeouts in seven innings.

Jensen (0-2) was tagged with the loss by surrendering three runs, two earned, on four hits in 3.2 innings. Senior Katie Buell allowed two hits in 3.1 scoreless innings of relief.

In the first game of the day, Chrissy Sward drove a two-out RBI single up the middle off Buell in the fourth inning to help the Golden Gophers (4-0) secure a 1-0 victory.

The Dolphins stranded six runners on the base paths, including three scoring position.

Buell (0-2) took the loss after tossing six innings and allowing five hits, while recording four strikeouts.

Briana Hassett (1-0) pitched a complete-game shut out to earn the win for Minnesota and struck out seven batters.

The Dolphins finish the JU Tournament on Sunday against UNC-Greensboro at the JU Softball Complex. First pitch is slated for noon.