MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2008
Softball hosts Canisius on Tuesday

March 24, 2008

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Dolphins take a break from their conference schedule to host the Canisius Golden Griffins on Tuesday at the newly renovated JU Softball Complex.

Last week, the Dolphins lost to UCF in Orlando, Fla., before splitting a doubleheader at home against Belmont in A-Sun play.

Scouting the Golden Griffins

Canisius alum Mike Rappl beginis his 29th season at the helm of the Golden Griffins and has his team off to a good start.

Canisius has picked up wins over Akron and Pittsburgh and split a series with Atlantic Sun member Stetson.

Their one common opponent to date, South Florida, swept the Golden Griffins on March 20, having previously defeated the Dolphins, 6-3, on March 8.

Junior outfielder Jenny Mahue (.410) and senior infielder Katie Mirante (.405) lead the way for Canisius at the plate, while junior pitcher Juliette Bowers is 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA in the circle.

A-Sun Schedule

On March 21st, the Dolphins split their series with Belmont, taking the first game, 5-4, before dropping the second game, 6-3, in eight innings.

The Dolphins opened up their A-Sun schedule on March 14, splitting a series with Mercer.

The Dolphins dropped game one, 2-1, to Mercer before rebounding to win game two, 6-4.

Sophomore catcher Ashley Mora blasted the Dolphins' second home run of the season to record their only run in the first game, while freshman shortstop Katie Kelly drove in three RBI in game two.

Senior designated player Patricia Melo drove in two runs while senior pitcher Shannon Jensen (6-7) picked up the win.

The Dolphins dropped two games to Lipscomb on March 15 (4-3, 4-0).

Kelly went 4-for-4 in game one with an RBI, while senior first baseman Sara Gordon and Mora also had one RBI each.

First Meeting

Tuesday's game against Canisius marks the first time in either school's history that they have faced off against each other.

Long Ball

After registering only one home run in their first 30 games, the Dolphins blasted two in their last seven.

On March 14, sophomore catcher Ashley Mora delivered the Dolphins' only run of the game with a solo shot in a 2-1, loss to Mercer in game one of a doubleheader.

Mora's home run was the first for the Dolphins this season at home.

Exactly one week later on March 21, senior designated player Patricia Melo tied the game with her first home run of the season in the Dolphins' 5-4 victory over Belmont.

Lucky Number Four

After 37 games this season one thing has remained constant: if the Dolphins score four or more runs they are in pretty good shape to get a victory.

The Dolphins are 10-2 in games where they have scored four or more runs, leaving them just 4-21 when they could only reach three or less.

The Dolphins are also 10-2 when leading after four innings.