Softball tops Bethune-Cookman, 8-3

April 2, 2008

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU softball team won their third game in a row on Wednesday, defeating Bethune-Cookman, 8-3, at the JU Softball Complex.

Senior right fielder Jillian Mirante went three-for-four with three runs and two stolen bases to lead the Dolphins.

"We came out and took care of business," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "We are continuing our clutch hitting performance, which is good momentum going into this weekend."

The night didn't start off well for the Dolphins as Bethune-Cookman scored two runs in the top of the first, but thanks to some great base running by Mirante, the Dolphins pulled a run back in the bottom half of the inning.

Mirante singled up the middle, stole second base, then scored on a deep fly ball to right field by freshman shortstop Katie Kelly.

The Dolphins tied the game, 2-2, in the bottom of the third after another Mirante single and stolen base led to an RBI single up the middle by sophomore third baseman Beth Glasscock.

Sophomore second baseman Shannon Monahan started off the bottom of the fourth inning, then advanced to second when freshman catcher Jessica Abraham laid down the sacrifice bunt. Abraham also reached base after the throw from Wildcats pitcher Chastity Sanders forced first baseman Brandi Holley to pull her foot off the bag. Freshman center fielder Kayla Ouellet, also laying down the sacrifice bunt, beat out the throw to load the bases.

Sophomore Ashley Mora, entering the game as a pinch hitter, who stepped up and drove Sanders' offering back up the middle to score Monahan and senior Sara Gordon, who was pinch running for Abraham.

The Wildcats pulled a run back to make it 4-3, when pinch hitter Taryn Hernandez singled in Christina Trimble.

The Dolphins exploded for four runs in the bottom of the sixth, when with one out senior designated player Patricia Melo and Mirante delivered back-to-back singles. Both runners then advanced on a wild pitch, before Kelly delivered her team leading 21st RBI of the season with a single that scored Melo. Kelly then stole second uncontested.

Glasscock drove in her second RBI of the game with a single to left field that allowed Mirante to score her third run of the game. After sophomore first baseman Kelly McKeon hit a sacrifice fly that scored Kelly, freshman catcher Jessica Abraham singled to load the bases. Sophomore Amber Moseley entered the game as a pinch hitter and drew a bases loaded walk to make it 8-3 in the Dolphins favor.

Freshman pitcher Jackie Samuels (6-8) picked up the win after giving up just three runs in 5.2 innings, while striking out two.

Sophomore pitcher Brittany Abbott picked up her first career save after pitching 1.1 innings.

Sanders (0-6) took the loss for the Wildcats after giving up seven runs (five earned) and 13 hits in 5.1 innings.

Along with Mirante, Glasscock and Monahan also registered three hits for the Dolphins.

The Dolphins will be back in action on Friday, when they continue their Atlantic Sun Conference schedule against the USC Upstate Spartans in a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m.