SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2007
Softball swept in doubleheader by Lipscomb, 3-2 (10) & 5-2
March 31, 2007
NASHVILE, Tenn. - The breaks just didn't go the JU softball team's way as they were swept in a Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader by Lipscomb, 3-2 (10) & 5-2, on Friday night at Draper Diamond in Nashville, Tenn.
The Bisons (19-16, 6-2 A-Sun) benefited from an error by the Dolphins (11-30, 2-4 A-Sun) to win in the tenth inning of game one and had four of their eight hits go for extra bases in the second game to complete the sweep.
Sophomore Alexis Novak paced the JU offense with three hits on the day, including a two-run single in game one. Junior Jillian Mirante recorded her first career home run in the second game with an inside the park shot down the left line to score two runs for the Dolphins.
"Those were two emotional games tonight," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "I don't think we could have played any harder. It seems like we just can't get anything to bounce our way some nights because if one play goes different then those games change for each team."
Trailing 1-0 in game one, Novak plated Valerie Alter and Pat Melo on a two-out single in the third inning to give the Dolphins a 2-1 advantage.
Alter singled to left center field to lead off the third inning and reached third on the next bat when Melo laid down a bunt that Lipscomb starter Christine Campbell threw over the first baseman's head.
The Bisons evened the game at two apiece in the sixth inning from a two-out run-scoring double by Kellie Sirus off Katie Buell.
After three scoreless innings, Lipscomb's Lauren Dortwegt was placed on second for the international tiebreaker rule in the 10th inning. The Dolphins chose to internationally walk Leigh Little to start the inning. Heather Collins laid down a bunt in the next at bat, but Sara Gordon overthrew Amber Moseley at first base allowing Dortwegt to score from second for the game-winning run.
Buell (3-7) took the loss after tossing a team-high nine innings, while allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits and recording four strikeouts.
Campbell (12-6) retired 22 of the final 23 batters to earn the win in the circle for the Bisons. She allowed two unearned runs on five hits in 10 innings.
The Bisons carried their momentum from the first game into the second game to gain a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Sirus plated Little on a two-out triple off JU starter and eventual losing pitcher Shannon Jensen. She scored in the next at bat from an error at third base to cap off the inning.
Kristie Sirus extended Lipscomb's advantage to 3-0 on a one-out RBI double in the fourth inning.
The Dolphins cut the lead within a run at 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning on Mirante's two-out two-run inside the park home run past a diving Nikki Bails in left field.
After JU's home run, Lipscomb recorded RBI hits in the fifth and sixth innings to the late rally for the 5-2 win.
Lipscomb starter Kim Jacobson (6-8) earned the win in the circle after allowing just two runs on six hits in seven innings.
Jensen (4-11) dropped her first game in three appearances for the Dolphins. She allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts in four innings. Ashley Iveson surrendered one run on two hits and fanned four batters in two innings of relief.
The Dolphins return to the diamond on Wednesday, when the travel to Tallahassee, Fla. for a non-conference doubleheader against Florida A&M. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.