THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2008
Softball to host JU Softball Tournament

Feb. 28, 2008

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Dolphins will host the JU Softball Tournament this weekend at the JU Softball Complex, beginning on Friday. JU plays a doubleheader on Friday, taking on Stony Brook at 5 p.m., and Coastal Carolina at 7:15 p.m.

On Saturday, the Dolphins will face off against Virginia at 5 p.m., and Stony Brook at 7:15 p.m., before wrapping up the tournament on Sunday with their second game against Virginia at 9 a.m.

The Opponents

The Dolphins split their two games with Coastal Carolina this season, winning 11-7 before falling 3-1 in the JU/Best Western Invitational on Feb. 9-10.

UNF has gotten off to a 9-7 start and is led by A-Sun preseason "Player of the Year" Gwen Williams.

Stony Brook is led by sophomore pitcher Alyssa Struzenberg, who has recently named American East "Pitcher of the Week".

Virginia is led by senior infielder Lindsey Pruess, who is batting .406 after 10 games for the Cavaliers.

Shutout

Freshman pitcher Jackie Samuels recorded the Dolphins first individual shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over Oakland on Feb. 23 in the GSU Eagle Classic.

Samuels, who on Feb. 15 combined with senior pitcher Shannon Jensen in a 2-0 shutout against Bethune-Cookman, recorded a career-high six strikeouts and allowed only five hits and one walk in seven innings.

The Dolphins lone shutout last season was also by a freshman, as Ashley Iveson blanked UNC-Greensboro on Feb. 11, 2007.

Big Improvements

The Dolphins have seen some big improvements since the 2007 season.

In the first 18 games of last season the Dolphins were outscored, 113 to 40. This year the results are much improved, being outscored 85 to 56. The Dolphins have allowed 28 less runs while scoring 16 more.

Base-path Thievery

The Dolphins have been stealing bases at a record pace so far in this young season.

Senior outfielder Jillian Mirante, already the school's career leader in stolen bases entering the season, is a perfect 13-for-13 on her attempts, breaking her own record of 10 last season.

Freshman outfielder Kayla Ouellet is right on her heals, stealing 11 bases of her own, including a school-record three in the second game of the double header against Georgia Southern on Feb. 13.

As a team, the Dolphins have stolen 35 bases, 20 shy of the JU single-season record of 55 set in 2005.

Individual leaders

After a good start to the season, several Dolphins find themselves at or near the top of the Atlantic Sun leaderboard in several statistical categories.

Senior outfielder Jillian Mirante leads the conference in hits (19) and stolen bases (13).

Senior designated player Patricia Melo has drawn 13 walks so far this season, the second most in the conference, and is tied for the conference lead with three sacrifice bunts.

Freshman outfielder Kayla Ouellet is second in steals with 11.

The Dolphins have also seen success in the circle, with senior pitcher Shannon Jensen leading the conference with three saves and 15 appearances.