WEDNESDAY, MAY 09, 2007
Jillian Mirante earns first team Atlantic Sun All-Conference honors

May 8, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior outfielder Jillian Mirante proved it's not how you start a season, but how you finish after earning first team Atlantic Sun All-Conference honors, as released by the conference office on Wednesday.

Mirante, who began the season hitting .077 (2-for-26), finished with a team-high .326 batting average and a .417 tally at the plate in A-Sun play to become the second JU softball player in school history to earn first team accolades since Dianna Korcak in 2004.

"I'm very proud of the hard work and effort that Jillian has put in this season," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak, who wrapped up her first season at the helm. "She came in with something to prove and not only did that to our team, but also the A-Sun."

"It's an honor to receive this award," said Mirante. "This honor is something I have worked hard for the last three seasons and I couldn't have done it without the help of my teammates."

A native of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Mirante ended the year with a career-best 57 hits and stole a single-season JU record 10 bases en route to becoming the school's all-time leader at 27. She ranked second on the team with a .389 slugging percentage, while also finishing second among Dolphin outfielders with 92 putouts. She would also tie for first on the team in home runs with inside the parks shots against Lipscomb and Florida A&M.

In A-Sun play, Mirante was second in the league with 25 hits and finished the conference slate in with a hit 14 of the 18 games. She would also tally a 10-game hitting streak during the conference schedule from April 6 to May 3.

In 2007, the Dolphins finished with an 15-43 overall record just a few games shy of making the A-Sun Tournament after facing a schedule that featured six defending conference champions and nine 2006 NCAA Tournament participants.