Softball blanks UNC-Greensboro on final day of the JU Tournament, 3-0

Feb. 11, 2007

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Freshman Ashley Iveson tossed seven scoreless innings in her first collegiate start to help the Jacksonville University softball team defeat UNC-Greensboro, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon in the final day of the JU Tournament at the JU Softball Complex.

JU (1-4) secured its first victory under new head coach Amanda Lehotak, while UNC-Greensboro (1-4) dropped their fourth consecutive game after opening the tournament with a win over Southern Illinois on Feb. 9.

"It was a great team win," said Lehotak. "We did a great job of executing today and played well together as a team. Hopefully, we can carry this momentum for our tournament next weekend."

Iveson (1-0) allowed only five hits, while fanning five batters to pick up the win in her second appearance of the season. She also wigged out of a one-out base loaded jam in the second inning and stranded nine Spartan runners in the game.

Offensively, the Dolphins were led by freshman Ashley Mora, who had two doubles. She finished the weekend with four doubles in five games.

Alexis Novak, Sara Gordon and Renee LaCroix each drove home a run to help the Dolphins earn their first win of the season.

Amber Harrell (0-2) took the loss for the UNC-Greensboro after giving up one run on three hits and strike out five batters in four innings. Brittany Ausley went 2-for-3 with a double to lead the offense.

The Dolphins gained 1-0 lead in the second inning off a on a two-out single to center field by Novak to score Mora. Mora began the inning with a double to left field.

In the seventh inning, Mora once again led off with a double to left field off reliever Vanessa Oakes. After two consecutive outs, Novak reached on an error by the short stop, which allowed pinch runner Valerie Alter to move to third. Alter was brought home on the next at bat by LaCroix, who placed a base hit at the lip of the third baseb grass to give the Dolphins a 2-0 advantage.

The Dolphins added another insurance run in the inning on a base loaded walk to Gordon.

After giving up the one-out double in the bottom of the seventh inning, Iveson would retire the next two batters to secure the win.

The Dolphins travel to Tallahassee, Fla. to complete in the Sunshine State Classic starting on Friday. They open the tournament with Memphis at 9:30 a.m. and finish the day with No. 25 Florida State. JU will wrap up that tournament on Saturday with South Carolina at 9:30 a.m. and Kansas at Noon.