SUNDAY, MARCH 02, 2008
Softball defeats Virginia, 4-3 with late inning dramatics

March 2, 2008

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU softball team defeated Virginia, 4-3 in the final day of the JU Softball Tournament on Sunday at the JU Softball Complex.

Freshman shortstop Katie Kelly delivered the walk-off single with one out in the seventh inning to clinch the win for the Dolphins.

"Today was a big win for us," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "To come back after two losses last night shows some mental toughness on our part to be able to come out and fight hard against Virginia. It was a team win and we had perfect execution when we needed it and we had big hits at the end. Shannon did a great job coming in and it was a great weekend overall. We feel good about going 3-2 heading into the USF tournament this weekend and with conference play just two weeks away.

The Dolphins (10-13) took the lead in the first inning after Virginia left fielder Linday Pruess had trouble fielding Dolphins' senior designated player Patricia Melo's double down the line, allowing senior right fielder Jillian Mirante, who reached on a single, to score the game's opening run.

Virginia tied the game at 1-1, after the Dolphins committed a defensive lapse of their own, allowing pinch runner Cynthia Javaras to cross the plate.

The Dolphins regained the lead in the bottom of the second inning, after Sara Gordon, pinch running for sophomore third baseman Beth Glasscock, scored following another error by the Cavaliers.

Glasscock extended the Dolphins' lead to 3-1 after she singled in Melo, who had singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kelly. Glasscock finished the game a perfect 3-for-3.

Virginia again fought back and tied the game 3-3, in the fourth inning, and the game remained tied until Kelly's heroics.

Mirante led off the bottom of the seventh with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Melo and took third on a wild pitch, before Kelly delivered a single through the left side of the infield that allowed Mirante to score easily.

Kelly finished the game 1-for-3, while Mirante went 2-for-4 with two runs. Melo went 2-for-3 with a run while sophomore first baseman Amber Moseley added two hits of her own.

Senior pitcher Shannon Jensen (4-7) earned the win after 3.2 scoreless innings, where she recorded four strikeouts and allowed one walk.

For their efforts throughout the weekend, Kelly, Mirante and Glasscock were named to the all-tournament team. Mirante batted .471 with six runs, two RBI, and a stolen base, Glasscock batted .462 with five RBI and Kelly batted .333 with three runs and five RBI.

The Dolphins will be in action again on Thursday as they travel to Clearwater, Fla. to compete in the USF/Under Armour Invitational.

JU Softball Tournament All-Tournament team

Jacksonville (3) Beth Glasscock Katie Kelly Jillian Mirante

North Florida (3) Devyn Findley Heather Hyde Ashley Parenteau

Virginia (3) Kelly Haller Megan O'Leary Lindsey Preuss

Stony Brook (2) Jade Clare Alyssa Struzenberg

Coastal Carolina (1) Verity Long-Droppert