TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2008
Softball sweeps on Senior Night
April 15, 2008
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU softball team had a successful Senior Night on Tuesday as it swept Florida A&M, 6-1, 12-4 at the JU Softball Complex.
Senior first baseman Sara Gordon went a combined 4-for-6 with three runs, three RBI and two stolen bases for the Dolphins as they wrapped up their home schedule.
"Sara has been one of the most versatile players to ever play at JU," said head coach Amanda Lehotak. "She has done everything we have asked of her offensively and defensively."
Senior designated player Patricia Melo went 2-for-7 in the two games and scored a run and recorded two RBI.
"Pat has had a great career here," Lehotak said. "She has been an offensive threat here in both years and has stepped up when we needed her."
Senior outfielder Jillian Mirante is now just two hits shy of equaling the school's career hit mark of 182 and now has 30 stolen bases on the season, becoming the first player in school history to do so.
"Jillian's work ethic and her constant battle to be great has been great for this program," said Lehotak. "Her hard work alone has made this program better."
Senior pitcher Shannon Jensen (10-13) took the mound for the Dolphins in game one and delivered a dominating performance. Jensen allowed one run, while giving up just six hits and striking out five in seven innings.
"Shannon has had a standard of excellence in the pitching circle," Lehotak said. She has raised the expectations of JU pitching to a new level and has raised the bar high.
""I would like to thank all four of them for their hard work and dedication for making this program better."
The Dolphins took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, when a double by freshman shortstop Katie Kelly plated Mirante, who had singled and stole second. Kelly advanced to third on an error and took home after a wild pitch in the next at bat.
It was Gordon's turn to score an unearned run in the second inning, after she walked, stole second and scored after a shot by freshman center fielder Kayla Ouellet was misplayed by the Lady Rattler's second baseman.
After Florida A&M scored a run to make it 3-1 in the top of the third, the Dolphins responded with two more runs after a double by second baseman Kelly McKeon scored Kelly who had doubled and a single by Gordon allowed sophomore Amber Moseley, who was pinch running for sophomore third baseman Beth Glasscock, to touch home plate.
The Dolphins added an insurance run in the fourth to take the 6-1 lead.
In game two, the Dolphins recorded 17 hits, their second highest output on the season. Their 12 runs was the most scored this year.
"It was nice to see the bats come alive again," said Lehotak. "Finally we had some timely hitting when we needed it and hopefully that momentum will carry with us into this weekend."
After Florida A&M took the lead in the first, McKeon gave the Dolphins the 2-1 lead with a double that scored Mirante and Kelly.
Florida A&M added a run in the second and two in the third to regain the lead and make it a 4-2 ballgame.
It was all JU after that, with the Dolphins adding one in the third after freshman catcher Jessica Abraham singled up the middle to score Kelly, to pull it back to 4-3.
The Dolphins regained the lead in the fifth inning after a Gordon single scored McKeon and sophomore Ashley Mora delivered a pinch hit that plated Gordon.
The Dolphins blew the game open in the bottom of the sixth inning and claimed their first victory by the eight-run rule of the season. Kelly led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a double by Glasscock. After McKeon singled to load the basees, an Abraham single scored Kelly. Gordon then singled to right field, scoring Glasscock, before Ouellet singled up the middle to plate McKeon. Freshman outfielder Katarina Engler then grounded into a fielder's choice for the first out of the inning. Melo then delivered a two-run single that scored Ouellet and Gordon. A sacrifice hit by Mirante then scored Engler before Kelly's two out single scored Melo and ended the game.
Sophomore pitcher Ashley Iveson (3-10) picked up the win after giving up one run (no earned) while striking out six in four innings. Sophomore Brittany Abbott started the game and gave up three runs (two earned) in two innings.
McKeon went a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI in game two and Kelly went 5-for-7 with six runs and two RBI in the two games.
The Dolphins will be back in action on Friday, taking on Stetson at 6 p.m. in DeLand, Fla.