FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2007
Softball splits doubleheader with Belmont to open road trip
March 30, 2007
NASVHILLE, Tenn. - Junior Shannon Jensen hurled six no-hit innings, while Sara Gordon went 3-for-4 with an RBI at the plate to help the JU softball team down Belmont, 5-3, in game one of an Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader at Aquinas Field on Friday afternoon.
The Bruins (7-20, 2-4 A-Sun) used a complete-game shutout by Sammi Parks and old-fashioned small ball to defeat the Dolphins (11-28, 2-2 A-Sun) in the second game, 2-0.
"The first game was a solid win," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "We got the big hit when we needed it, but we weren't able to get that in the second game. The breaks just didn't go our way in game two."
Offensively, Gordon paved the way for JU in game one with her ninth multi-performance of the season, while Simone Bruemmer went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the same game. Ashley Mora had a two-run single to tie the team-high eight-game hitting streak in game one, but went hitless in the second game snapping the streak.
Jensen (4-10) won her second straight start in game one after allowing just one hit in seven innings of work. She surrendered three runs (one earned) and had one strike out in the game.
In game one, the Dolphins gained a 1-0 lead on run-scoring single by Bruemmer in the second inning.
Gordon led off the second inning with a single down the left field line. She would move to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on a single by Renee LaCroix. Bruemmer lined a single off the foot of Belmont starter and eventual losing pitcher Heather Grossnickle to score Gordon.
In the fifth inning, Alter opened with a single to center field. Alter moved to second when Pat Melo reached on a fielder's choice, while Mirante drew a walk to load the bases. After the walk, Mora drove home Alter and Melo on a single up the middle off Bruins' reliever Sammi Parks to give JU a 3-0 advantage. Mirante scored two outs later on an error by the catcher to cap off the inning.
The Dolphins picked up an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning from a two-out single by Gordon to extend their lead to 5-0.
The Bruins would not go away quietly as Jes McMillian drew a lead-off walk and Kelly Major reached on fielder's error to open their the seventh inning.
Angie Hoeye plated McMillian in the next at-bat with a single to left center field to give the Bruins their first run of the game. Following the single, the Bruins used back-to-back RBI sacrifice fly outs to make a 5-3 ballgame, but Jensen induced a ground out to Megan Pipkin to squash the rally and secure the win.
Grossnickle (1-4) allowed just one run on five hits and had two strikeouts in three innings, while Parks surrendered fours runs on five hits and five strikeouts in four innings.
In game two, Belmont drew first blood in the second inning on a RBI bunt by Erin Mullen for a 1-0 lead.
Hoeye led off the second inning with a walk. After stealing second, she moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Parks. Hoeye broke for home once Mullen squared to a bunt in the next at-bat and scored easily when the bunt was fielded by JU starter Ashley Ivseon in front of the circle.
In the fifth inning, Grossnickle reached first base on a fielding error by JU after a 14-pitch at-bat. After two consecutive outs, Grossnickle scored on an infield single by Sarah Vaughn to extend Belmont's advantage to 2-0.
The Dolphins had runners on first and second with two outs in the fifth inning, but Pipkin a ball hit by Mirante over the shoulder and on the tip of her glove to end the rally.
Moseley kept JU's hope alive with two outs in seventh inning when she beat out an infield single and made it to second base on a throwing error by the shortstop during the play.
Alter followed with a single to short, but Moseley was thrown out leaning past third base to end the game.
Parks (6-7) allowed five hits and fanned seven batters in the Bruins' win.
Ivseon (4-8) took the loss after allowing one run on two hits and three strikeouts in 2.1 innings. Buell surrendered one unearned run on two hits and fanned two batters in 3.2 innings of relief.
The Dolphins wrap up their Nashville trip on Saturday as they travel down the road to face Lipscomb in an A-Sun doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. EST.