SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2008
Softball fall in two close games in Seminole Classic
Feb. 16, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The JU softball team lost both games in day two of the Seminole Classic, losing to Michigan State 6-5 before falling to UAB 6-4.
Senior third baseman Sara Gordon belted the Dolphins (6-6) first home run of the season, a three-run shot against UAB.
"The Michigan State game was a great game," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "It was very emotional If a couple of things went our way later in the game I think we come away with the victory. The kids played great, we had timely hitting, aggressive base running. We stuck to our game plan and made it competitive. We came up short, but I was proud of our girl's attitude and effort."
After giving up three runs in the first, the Dolphins responded with a five-run third inning. Sophomore shortstop delivered a two RBI double, scoring freshman outfielders Kayla Ouellet and Katarina Engler to make it 3-2, before freshman second baseman Katie Kelly delivered a bases clearing double that plated senior designated player Patricia Melo, Monahan, and freshman catcher Jessica Abraham.
The Dolphins held the lead until the fifth inning when senior third baseman Tracy Nicosia hit a two RBI double for Michigan State. The Spartans won the game in the seventh when freshman shortstop Bianca Mejia singled in senior leftfielder Jessica Lefevre to make it 6-5. Senior pitcher Shannon Jensen took the loss after giving up one run in 2.1 innings of relief work.
In game two, UAB got off to a 6-0 lead after scoring three in the first and one in the second, third and fifth.
The Dolphins responded with a four run sixth inning, highlighted by Gordon's home run and an RBI single by Katie Kelly.
Unfortunately, for the Dolphins that was all they could manage and UAB closed the game out with the 6-4 victory.
"We battled hard, but we came out a little flat because we had emotionally spent so much in the Michigan State game," Lehotak said. "We never gave up. We had opportunities in the end but we just couldn't come up with the big hit.
"It was a great weekend for JU athletics, our goal was to go 3-1, we came out 2-2 and are proving to ourselves and to other people that we can compete with anyone"
The Dolphins will be back in action on Tuesday, hosting Florida State in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. at the JU Softball Complex.