SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2008
Softball uses long ball to sweep ETSU
March 30, 2008
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - The JU softball team swept East Tennessee State, 5-0 and 4-1, on Sunday in Johnson City, Tenn.
Senior pitcher Shannon Jensen (8-10) allowed only five hits, while striking out six and shutting out the Lady Bucs in game one.It was Jensen's 10th career shutout and first since 2006.
"Today's sweep was huge for us," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "It all started with our pitching - they were great both games. Our defense was solid and we finally got the big hits we needed to win today."
The Dolphins (17-25, 4-6 A-Sun) doubled their season total as they blasted three home runs in the two games, including two two-run shots in the top of the seventh inning in game one by senior designated player Patricia Melo and sophomore second baseman Shannon Monahan.
Melo drew a walk to lead off game one, before senior right fielder Jillian Mirante sacrificed her over to second. Freshman shortstop Katie Kelly then doubled in Melo, giving the Dolphins the 1-0 lead.
That was the only run the Dolphins would need due to Jensen's dazzling display and a spectacular defensive play in the sixth inning by sophomore third baseman Beth Glasscock, who faked a throw towards first before throwing the ball to Kelly to catch the Lady Bucs' runner napping at third for the out.
The Dolphins had another quick start as they scored three in the first to set them on their way in game two.
McKeon led off the inning with a double and advanced to third by a sacrifice bunt by catcher Jessica Abraham. A sacrifice fly by freshman left fielder Kayla Ouellet. The Dolphins weren't done with two outs, and Engler and Melo delivered back-to-back singles. Mirante then hit a shot down the line that the Lady Bucs' first baseman couldn't handle, allowing Melo and Engler to score.
In the top of the fifth, Kelly extended the Dolphins' lead to 4-0 with her first collegiate home run over the left field fence.
East Tennessee State (16-23, 3-7 A-Sun) scored a run in the top of the sixth but it wasn't enough as Dolphin pitcher Ashley Iveson (2-7) continued the Dolphins' pitching dominance.
Iveson gave up only one run (none earned) and two hits in seven innings while striking out five.
Melo went 3-for-3 in the second game while Engler went 2-for-3. In the two games combined, the Dolphins out hit the Lady Bucs, 14-6.
The Dolphins will be back in action on April 2, hosting Bethune Cookman at the JU Softball Complex at 5 p.m.