SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 09, 2008
JU softball splits second day of JU/Best Western Invitational
Feb. 9, 2008
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU softball team delivered their best offensive performance of the young season in the first game on Saturday against Coastal Carolina, as they came out 11-7 victors in the JU/Best Western Invitational, before falling in their second game to Southern Illinois.
The Dolphins recorded a season-high 18 hits, including three each from senior outfielder Jillian Mirante and freshman catcher Jessica Abraham and freshman second baseman Katie Kelly. The hits were not limited to those three, as every Dolphin who started the game registered a hit.
"Defensively we struggled," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "But I was proud of how the kids fought through their mistakes and stayed mentally tough. We have to be better than that and we know that. We will be better. Offensively, was great, we had a lot of hits and it was great to see some of the freshman step up."
The Dolphins got off to a hot start as they had four runs come across the plate in the first inning. After Mirante scored on an error and Kelly drove in sophomore third baseman Beth Glasscock, sophomore first baseman Amber Moseley delivered a two RBI single to make it 4-0.
After Coastal Carolina responded with three runs in the first and two in the second to take the lead, freshman centerfielder Kayla Ouellet recorded the first RBI of her career with a double and than scored on a single by sophomore shortstop Shannon Monahan.
Coastal Carolina was not ready to give up and tied the game in the third inning with a run to make it 6-6.
The Dolphins took the lead for good in the fourth, as Katie Kelly grounds into the fielders choice to plate senior designated player Patricia Melo. The seventh inning saw the Dolphins manufacture four more runs, including a two two-RBI singles by Melo and Mirante.
Senior pitcher Shannon Jensen (1-1) picked up the win after throwing five innings in relief. She allowed two runs (no earned) and recorded five strikeouts. Ashley Frederick (1-3) was credited for the loss for Coastal Carolina.
In the second game, the Dolphins fell 14 to 1 to Southern Illinois (4-0) who have received national top-25 votes.
Abraham continued her hot start to her Dolphins career as she went 3-for-3 with an RBI in the loss.
The JU/Best Western Invitational continues at the JU Softball Complex on Sunday at 9 a.m. when Minnesota takes on Southern Illinois. The Dolphins will face off against Coastal Carolina at 1:15 p.m.