Softball splits a pair of games at the Sunshine State Tournament on Friday

Feb. 16, 2007

Box Score

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Jacksonville University softball team opened with a 2-1 extra-innings win over Memphis at the Sunshine State Tournament in Tallahassee, Fla. on Friday.

JU (2-5) downed Memphis (4-3) with two run-scoring singles in the eighth inning, but would later fall to No. 22 Florida State, 10-2, in their afternoon affair.

Offensively, the Dolphins were lead by senior Renee LaCroix and Kelly McKeon, who each went 3-for-6 with an RBI in two games. LaCroix also picked up her first triple as a Dolphin in the first game.

Senior Katie Buell (1-2) earned the win in the circle against the Tigers after tossing 7.1 scoreless innings. She finished the game giving up one unearned run on eight hits, while fanning seven batters in eight innings.

"Against Memphis, we came out ready to go," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. We were focused and competed in the game. Our team didn't come to play against Florida State. We have to learn how to come out and compete for every game."

Against Memphis, JU broke a scoreless tie in the eighth inning on LaCroix's one-out single to plate Jillian Mirante. Two batters later, Sara Gordon drove home LaCroix with a bases-loaded single to right center field giving the Dolphins a 2-0 advantage.

The Tigers would scratch across a run in the bottom of the eighth inning, but Buell would squash the late rally to secure the win.

Tigers's starter Nikki Johnson (2-2) was tagged with the loss by surrendering two unearned runs on seven hits and three strikeouts in the eight innings.

In the second game, the Seminoles would score six runs on six hits in the second inning en route to a 10-2 victory.

Gordon and McKeon each had an RBI in the fourth inning, but the Dolphins couldn't chip at the Seminole lead.

Kayla Collins (1-0) earned the win for the Seminoles after giving up two runs and recording six strikeouts in five innings.

JU freshman Ashley Iveson (1-1) took the loss by surrendering six runs (five earned) in 1.1 innings. Buell and freshman Brittany Abbott each logged 1.2 innings of relief.

JU wraps up the Sunshine State Classic on Saturday as they take on South Carolina at 9:30 a.m. and finish with Kansas at 11:30 a.m.