Softball hosts Georgia Southern

Feb. 12, 2008

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A Brief Preview

The Dolphins will face off in a doubleheader against Georgia Southern on Wednesday at the JU Softball Complex at 4 and 6 p.m.

The Dolphins started the season off with a 6-4 victory over Minnesota before hosting the JU/Best Western Invitational.

JU split their two games with Coastal Carolina, but fell to Minnesota, Southern Illinois and UNC-Greensboro.

Senior outfielder Jillian Mirante got her season off to a hot start, going 9-19 (.474) as well as a perfect five-for-five on her stolen base attempts.

Scouting the Eagles

Georgia Southern began the 2008 regular season in a big way, claiming 14-0, and 16-0, victories over Savannah State. Pitchers Melissa Laliberte and Mege­­­­­­­­­­­n Smith combined for a no-hitter in game one, while pitcher/designated player Kristan Glover delivered three home runs on the afternoon.

The Eagles split their next double-header against Mercer, losing the first game 4-3 in the seventh inning before rebounding with an 8-2 victory.

Heading into the matchup with JU, the Eagles have outscored their opponents 42-5, while hitting seven homeruns and allowing none.

Head coach Amanda Lehotak

Amanda Lehotak enters her second season as the Dolphins head coach after becoming the Dolphins third head coach in school history on June 30, 2006. She was promoted to the role after serving as the top assistant under Melissa Gentile in 2006.

As an assistant with at JU in 2006, Lehotak was in charge of the recruiting and defense.

Prior to JU, Lehotak helped Missouri Western State College to a 48-20 overall record and a spot in the Division II North Central Regional as an assistant coach in 2005.

Her father, Ed, enters his 13th season as head coach at Bellevue University, an NAIA school in Bellevue, Neb.

Mirante named preseason all-conference

Senior outfielder Jillian Mirante was named to the preseason all-conference team after earning A-Sun first-team all-conference honors in 2007.

Mirante started all 58 games for the Dolphins and stole a school single-season record 10 bases en route to becoming JU's all-time stolen base leader with 27. She led team with a career-high 57 hits and a .326 batting average. She also finished second on the team with a .389 slugging percentage while recording two inside the park home runs.

Youth movement

The Dolphins feature one of the youngest squads in the conference, with 14 of its 19 players being underclassmen.

The Dolphins welcome seven new players to the team this year, headlined by sophomore infielder Shannon Monahan who is a transfer from Sante Fe Community College.

The six freshman that will be joining the Dolphins this year are catcher Jessica Abraham from American Senior in Miami, Fla., infielder Brie Carmack from Florence Christian in Florence, S.C., outfielder Katarina Engler from Barron Collier in Naples, Fla., infielder Katie Kelly from West Nassau in Callahan, Fla., Kayla Ouellet from Boone in Orlando, Fla. and Jackie Samuels from Peachtree Ridge in Suwanee, Ga.

Dolphins to be featured on A-Sun.TV

There is good news for JU softball fans as the Dolphins will take have almost 30 games broadcast live on video streaming, beginning with the 2008 regular season opener against Minnesota.

ASun.TV events will be available for viewing both live and via on-demand replay to fans throughout the country that purchase a single event pass ($5.99 per event), a monthly all-event pass ($9.99 per month), or an annual all-event pass ($69.99 per year). Both the annual and monthly all-event passes allow unlimited access to games within their respective timeframes.