Dolphins go 1-2 in first day of GSU Eagle Classic

Feb. 24, 2008

Box Score

STATESBORO, Ga. - After seeing their Friday games postponed due to rain, the JU softball team was forced to play three games Saturday at the Georgia Southern Eagle Classic, and finished the day with a record of 1-2.

Freshman pitcher Jackie Samuels recorded her first career shutout against Oakland , helping the Dolphins (7-10) claim a 3-0, victory. Samuels had a career high six strikeouts and allowed only four hits and one walk over seven innings.

The shutout was the first for the Dolphins in over a year after Ashley Iveson defeated UNC-Greensboro on Feb. 11, 2007.

The Dolphins took the 1-0, lead over Oakland after sophomore second baseman Kelly McKeon recorded her first RBI of the season as she drove in sophomore shortstop Katie Kelly who had doubled to lead off the second inning.

The Dolphins added made it 3-0, in the fourth inning. Senior designated player Patricia Melo led off with a single and advanced to second after a sacrifice bunt by Kelly. Sophomore third baseman Beth Glasscock delivered an RBI single that plated Melo, and advanced to second on the throw. Senior third baseman Sara Gordon, pinch running for Glasscock then scored after an RBI single by freshman catcher Jessica Abraham.

Samuels also started the 4-1, loss against Georgia Southern in the Dolphins' first game of the tournament. She gave up three runs (one earned) and five hits in 3.1 innings. Senior Shannon Jensen recorded three strikeouts and gave up one run in 2.2 innings of relief.

The Dolphins scored their lone run in the sixth inning when sophomore catcher Ashley Mora picked up her first hit of the season, driving in senior outfielder Jillian Mirante, who went 2-for-3 in the game.

Jensen gave up one run (none earned) in six innings against Minnesota, but unfortunately the Dolphins could not score a run off Golden Gophers starter Brianna Hassett and lost 1-0.

The Dolphins continue the GSU Eagle Classic at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday against Georgia Southern. If the Dolphins win, they will take place in the championship game that begins at 2:30 p.m. The consolation game is at 12:30 p.m.