TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2008
Softball falls to Florida State in doubleheader

Feb. 19, 2008

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU softball team was defeated by Florida State in both games of its doubleheader on Tuesday at the JU Softball Complex.

Senior outfielder Jillian Mirante broke her own single season school record of stolen bases after she recorded a steal in each game. Mirante, who is also the career leader with 39, is now a perfect 12 for 12 on her stolen base attempts this season.

"I am proud of Jillian that she has gotten better and better since she has been her," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "I will look for her to have a lot more this season than she ever has in years past."

After Florida State took a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a solo home run by Brittany Osmon in game one, the Dolphins tied the game after freshman outfielder Katarina Engler recorded her first collegiate RBI after she drove in freshman second baseman Katie Kelly.

The game remained tied 1-1 until the seventh inning when Florida State was able to push two runs across. Michelle Snyder scored on a passed ball and Kristie McConn crossed the plate following a sacrifice fly by Ashley Stager, giving the Seminoles the 3-1 victory.

Terese Gober picked up the win for Florida State after striking out seven in seven innings, while allowing one run. Dolphins' senior pitcher Shannon Jensen (2-4) picked up the loss after going all seven innings while allowing three runs (one earned) and striking out one.

"I was very happy with the first game, I felt it could have gone either way," Lehotak said. "The game just needed one team to make a mistake to swing either way and unfortunately it was us who made it. I was very happy with our effort how we came out."

The Dolphins couldn't keep the game two as close, as Florida State came away 10-0 winners.

Florida State catcher Robin Ahrberg went 2 for 3 with three RBI, including a two run homerun, while Seminoles pitcher Sarah Hamilton (2-0) allowed no runs in five innings, while recording eight strikeouts.

"We came out flat the second game and made mistakes that we hadn't made all year," said Lehotak. "Offensively we did not adjust well to Sarah Hamilton. I give her and Coach Graf credit because we were kept off balance and couldn't get it going."

The Dolphins will be back in action this weekend as they travel to Statesboro, Ga. to compete in the Georgia Southern Eagle Classic.