SUNDAY, MARCH 02, 2008
Softball drops two games in JU Softball Tournament
March 2, 2008
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After seeing their bats come alive in their two wins on Friday, the JU softball team struggled to get things going on Saturday and fell 8-3 and 6-3 to Virginia and Stony Brook respectively in the JU Softball Tournament at the JU Softball Complex.
Freshman shortstop Katie Kelly led the Dolphins with three RBI in the two games. Kelly finished the day 2-for-6 and also added a run.
"We came out flat today," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "We did some good things, but we have been trying to teach the kids how to come out wanting to play hard two days in a row and so far have been unable to do so."
The Dolphins (9-13) found themselves down 7-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth against Virginia, but replied with three runs of their own.
Freshman center fielder Kayla Ouellet and senior right fielder Jillian Mirante led off the inning with back-to-back singles, before an RBI single by senior designated player Patricia Melo drove in Ouellet. Kelly then delivered a two RBI single of her own that plated Mirante and Melo.
Unfortunately for the Dolphins, that was all they could manage and ended up falling 8-3. Virginia shortstop Carly Winger hit a home run and added a second RBI, while left fielder Lindsay Preuss delivered three RBI for the Cavaliers.
Freshman pitcher Jackie Samuels (5-5) took the loss after giving up four runs in 4.1 innings while striking out one. Junior pitcher Karla Winburn picked up the win for Virginia after going 5.1 innings and giving up three runs while striking out one.
The Dolphins found themselves trailing early again in their second game, and found themselves down 4-0, going into the bottom of the fifth against Stony Brook.
Again three runs was all they could muster, as an error and RBI singles by Kelly and sophomore third baseman Beth Glasscock cut the lead to 4-3. Stony Brook added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh to clinch the victory. Catcher Jade Clare had three hits and two RBI for the Seawolves, while right fielder Sara Cerrone delivered two RBI sacrifice flies.
Senior pitcher Shannon Jensen (3-7) took the loss after giving up two runs (one earned) in four innings. Alyssa Struzenberg improved to 4-0 for Stony Brook as she gave up three runs (two earned) in seven innings while recording three strikeouts and walking six.
The Dolphins will continue the JU Softball Tournament on Sunday at 9 a.m. against Virginia at the JU Softball Complex.