FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2008
Softball has big day in JU Softball Tournament

Feb. 29, 2008

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU softball team opened the JU Softball Tournament on the right note on Friday, shutting out Stony Brook, 4-0, before defeating Coastal Carolina, 8-2 at the JU Softball Complex.

Freshman pitcher Jackie Samuels recorded her second shutout in as many starts in the win over Stony Brook, and now has a 15 inning scoreless streak, after she shutout Oakland and pitched an inning of relief against Georgia Southern last weekend. Samuels tied her career high with six strikeouts, and allowed only five hits in her seven innings of work.

"It was a great team performance today," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "We had some clutch hitting , Jackie and Shannon really stepped it up, and our defense came up huge on a couple of big plays."

Freshman left fielder Katarina Engler went 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI in the two games, including three hits against Stony Brook.

Senior right fielder Jillian Mirante had a three-hit game of her own against Coastal Carolina, including a two RBI single

The Dolphins (9-11) took the 1-0 lead in the fourth inning against Stony Brook when sophomore second basemen Kelly McKeon delivered an RBI single that plated freshman shortstop Katie Kelly, before adding three runs in the fifth.

Mirante singled to lead off the inning, before stealing her 14th base of the season. Engler followed up with a single and Mirante scored on an error by the Seawolves. With two outs, sophomore third baseman Beth Glasscock delivered a two RBI single that scored Engler and senior designated player Patricia Melo.

The Dolphins got off to the early lead against Coastal Carolina after Mirante and Engler again opened the game with singles. Glasscock was the run producer again, as her single scored Engler, giving Glasscock three RBI for the day.

Mirante's second hit of the game came in the second inning, and it gave the Dolphins the early 2-0 lead after McKeon, who had reached on a single, crossed the plate.

After Coastal Carolina scored two in the top of the third to tie the score at 3-3, the Dolphins responded in the bottom of the fourth with a five run barrage.

Melo and Kelly drew two out bases loaded walks, scoring sophomore first baseman Amber Moseley and freshman center fielder Kayla Ouellet who both reached base with a single. After an error scored Mirante and Melo, Kelly took home on a bassed ball to make it 7-2.

The Dolphins added one more in the fifth as Mirante singled in Ouellet, who singled and stole second.

Senior pitcher Shannon Jensen delivered a dominant performance of her own, giving up two runs (no earned) in seven innings while striking out seven and allowing just four hits.

The Dolphins will be back in action tomorrow in the JU Softball Tournament, as they take on Virginia at 5 p.m. and Stony Brook at 7:15 p.m.