Dolphins Welcome Columbia, George Mason for Jacksonville Invitational

Softball Preview: Dolphin Invitational

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville softball will face Columbia for the first time in program history and welcomes back George Mason for the three-day Jacksonville Invitational, beginning Friday, March 17 at Debbie & Fred Pruitt Softball Complex.


2017 Jacksonville Invitational (JU Games)

Saturday, March 18  
2:30 pm - Jacksonville vs. Columbia LIVE STATS
5:00 pm - Jacksonville vs. George Mason LIVE STATS
Sunday, March 19  
12:00 pm - Jacksonville vs. Columbia LIVE STATS | ESPN3

Last Outing against Yale, USF

Freshman pitcher Seana Mora faced the minimum number of batters in the final 1.2 innings to seal a 5-4 win over Yale in nine innings, Wednesday afternoon at USF. Allie McCourt drove in two runs, while Heather Roberts and Madison Ragan added an RBI each to help Jacksonville to victory in its first contest in program history with the Bulldogs.

Jacksonville tallied runs in the first and second innings for a quick 4-0 lead, but the five-run inning in the third shifted the momentum in favor of the host Bulls in game two. Two runs each in the fifth and sixth innings guided South Florida to a 9-6 win, despite the Dolphins’ two-run rallying effort in the top of the sixth.

By the Numbers …

  • The Dolphins enter the 2017 Jacksonville Invitational with a 17-11 record.
  • Six Dolphins are hitting above .250: Allie McCourt (.389), Heather Roberts (.355), Madison Ragan (.350), Ashley McNally (.333), Makenzie Buss (.274), and Danielle Baker (.269).
  • Jacksonville ranks second in the ASUN Conference with 0.65 home runs per game as seven Dolphins have blasted four-baggers this season with Ragan and Roberts leading the team with four each.
  • Ragan and Roberts also lead the team with 24 RBI each, followed by Kristen Griffith’s 21 RBI.
  • Quick feet: JU ranks second in the ASUN and 10th nationally with 2.46 stolen bases per game.
  • McCourt leads the charge with 20 stolen bases so far to rank second in the ASUN and 18th in the nation.
  • Quick bat: McCourt is third in the league and 25th nationally with a team-leading 35 hits.
  • Ragan’s 11 extra-base hits on seven doubles and four homers lead the team.
  • Taylor Thorpe leads the Dolphins on the mound with a staff-best 7-2 record.
  • Thorpe has a 1.84 ERA with 23 strikeouts through 72.1 innings of work.
  • Seana Mora is next on the mound with a 2-1 record and a 3.30 ERA with seven strikeouts in 23.1 innings.
  • Alyssa Bilodeau is second in the circle with 21 strikeouts.

Scouting the Opposition

Against Columbia (3-10) | First Meeting

  • Head Coach Jennifer Teague enters her third year at the helm of the Lions.
  • Columbia enters the 2017 Jacksonville Invitational with a 3-10 overall record with wins against Eastern Michigan, George Mason, and North Dakota State.
  • Five Lions are hitting above .250: Madison Gott (.475), Olivia Parker (.412), Bonnie Schipper (.318), Sommer Grzybek (.263), and Amanda Nishihira (.250).
  • Columbia ranks second in the Ivy League with 0.85 home runs per game.
  • With her four home runs, Gott ranks second in the Ivy League and 45th in the nation with 0.31 home runs per game.
  • Gott is also fourth in the league and 31st nationally with a 0.850 slugging percentage.
  • Gott leads the team with eight RBI, followed by Grzybek with six and Taylor Troutt with five.
  • Parker leads the team on the base paths with three stolen bases (3-for-4).
  • Allowing just 0.91 walks per seven innings, Tonia Wu ranks third in the Ivy League and 24th in the nation.
  • Wu (2-4) leads the Lions with a 3.65 ERA and 22 strikeouts through 38.1 innings of work.
  • Madison Canby ranks second on the Lions’ pitching staff with a 6.33 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 27.2 innings on the mound.

Against George Mason (3-15) | 3-1 in the series

  • Head Coach Joe Verbanic is in his 13th year leading the Patriots.
  • George Mason enters the 2017 Jacksonville Invitational with a 3-15 overall record with wins over the University at Buffalo, Cornell, and Bethune-Cookman.
  • Jess Curbeira leads the Patriots at the plate with a .310 batting average, followed by Erin Calpin (.308), Katherine Marsh (.273), and Madison Aker (.269).
  • Curbeira and Marsh have both hit home runs for the Patriots this season.
  • Sydnee Wells leads the team with six RBI, followed by Curbeira with five and Jess Middleton with four.
  • Mary-Elizabeth Luttrell leads the Patriots with a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen bases.
  • On the mound, Marina Vitalich (2-5) leads GMU with a 1.92 ERA and 47 strikeouts through 54.2 innings of work.
  • Vitalich leads the A-10 Conference and is 26th in the nation with just 0.93 walks allowed per seven innings.
  • Jacksonville took two games from GMU at the season-opening River City Leadoff with a 4-1 win on Friday, Feb. 10 and a 10-2 five-inning affair on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Full Jacksonville Invitational Schedule 
(Home team in bold)

Friday, March 17  
12:00 pm - George Mason vs. Columbia LIVE STATS
2:30 pm - Columbia vs. George Mason LIVE STATS
Saturday, March 18  
12:00 pm - George Mason vs. Columbia LIVE STATS
2:30 pm - Jacksonville vs. Columbia LIVE STATS
5:00 pm - Jacksonville vs. George Mason LIVE STATS
Sunday, March 19  
12:00 pm - Jacksonville vs. Columbia LIVE STATS | ESPN3


Broadcast Schedule

There will be five opportunities to watch Jacksonville live on ESPN3. Visit the Dolphins’ schedule page here for more details.

On Deck

Jacksonville hits the road Thursday for a four game road swing, first visiting Florida International on Thursday, March 23 for a 6:00 p.m., followed by a three-game series at Florida Gulf Coast to open ASUN Conference play.