MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2007
Softball readies for five-game road trip starting on Tuesday

April 16, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - This might be the most important week of the regular season for the JU softball team as they embark on its final set of road games starting on Tuesday.

JU (15-35, 4-8 A-Sun) begins the week with a trip down I-10 to face in-state rival Florida State in a non-conference doubleheader at 4 p.m. The Dolphins have split the last three doubleheaders with the Seminoles.

On Friday, the Dolphins head to the state of Georgia to take on Kennesaw State in an Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader at 3 p.m. and wrap up the road trip a day later against Mercer in Macon, Ga. with a doubleheader at 3 p.m.

JU currently sits sixth in the conference standings for the final spot in the A-Sun Tournament. Belmont is also in the hunt for the final tournament berth after splitting key doubleheaders with conference-leader Kennesaw State and Mercer last weekend.

"This weekend will answer a lot of questions in the A-Sun standings," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "We are fighting for the right to play in the conference tournament and our play this weekend will help us determine our fate."

Last time out, the Dolphins used an eight-run fourth inning rally to defeat Gardner-Webb, 10-2, in game two of an A-Sun doubleheader on April 14 at the JU Softball Complex.

Junior Pat Melo homered for JU in the first game of the twinbill, but the Bulldogs used three two-run efforts in the middle innings to earn a 6-1 win.

Offensively, Jillian Mirante led the Dolphins by going 4-for-5 with two RBI in the doubleheader. She also went 10-for-16 (.625) with four RBI in five games and is currently riding a career-best six-game hitting streak.

Senior Katie Buell (6-7) earned the win in the circle against Gardner-Webb, after allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits in five innings.

All remaining JU games this season can be seen live on Gametracker through JUDolphins.com. Fans can also listen to Tuesday's contest through seminoles.com.