SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2008
Softball drops two to Florida Gulf Coast
April 20, 2008
FT. MYERS, Fla. - The JU softball team dropped its doubleheader to Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday, 12-3 and 9-1, in Ft. Myers, Fla.
"I was really proud of her," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "She deserves it for all the hard work that she put into her hitting."
After equaling the record in the fourth inning with a single to left field, Mirante showed off the speed that also made her the Dolphins career stolen base leader and beat out an infield single to the shortstop in the sixth inning.
"It is a great accomplishment for me and my past four years at JU," said Mirante. "I couldn't have done it without all the support and help from my teammates. We have all put a lot of hard work into this program and it is sad to see it come to an end, but I am proud of what we have accomplished as a team and individually."
Trailing 4-0, the Dolphins scored a run in the second. Sophomore third baseman Beth Glasscock and second baseman Kelly McKeon led off the inning with singles. Senior Sara Gordon entered the game as a pinch runner and advanced to third after a sacrifice bunt by freshman catcher Jessica Abraham. A wild pitch allowed Gordon to score from third and get the Dolphins on the board.
The Dolphins added two more runs in the fourth, when freshman shortstop Katie Kelly was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Glasscock singled to advance her to second. McKeon walked to load the bases. Sophomore first baseman Amber Moseley hit the ball up the middle and an errant throw allowed Kelly to score. Sophomore Ashley Mora recorded an RBI when she hit into a fielder's choice that scored Glasscock. Unfortunately, that was all the Dolphins could manage as they lost 12-3.
In game two, the Dolphins lost 9-1. Mirante's single led off the fourth inning. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kelly. A single by Glasscock advanced her to third and Gordon pinch ran for Glasscock. With runners on the corners, Gordon took off for second and the throw escaped the Eagles' shortstop, allowing Mirante to score the Dolphins lone run.
The Dolphins will be back in action on Tuesday, traveling to Gainesville, Fla. to take on Florida in a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m.