Softball competes in Sunshine State Classic on Friday

Feb. 15, 2007


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After opening the season with a home tournament last weekend, the Dolphins hit the road to compete in the Sunshine State Classic in Tallahassee, Fla. on Friday and Saturday.

JU opens the tournament with Memphis at 9:30 a.m. and finish the day with No. 22 Florida State at 3:30 p.m. The Dolphins will wrap up the weekend on Saturday with South Carolina at 9:30 a.m. and Kansas at 11:30 a.m.

Last Time Out

Freshman Ashley Iveson tossed seven scoreless innings in her first collegiate start to help JU defeat UNC-Greensboro, 3-0, on Feb. 11 in the final day of the JU Tournament at the JU Softball Complex.

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 wiggled 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.

Iveson the Great

Freshman Ashley Iveson stepped in and made an immediate impact in her first set of games with the Dolphins.

For the week, she went 1-0 in two appearances with an 0.68 ERA while allowing one run in 10.1 innings, In 10.1 innings, she only gave on six hits, while nning eight batters.

In her first collegiate appearance, she allowed only run on one hit in 3.1 relief innings against Southern Illinois on Feb. 9. in her first start vs. UNC-Greensboro on Feb. 11. Against the UNC-Greensbor0, Iveson tossed a complete-game shutout by scattering five hits and fanning five batters to help the Dolphins secure the 3-0 win on Feb. 11.

Rolling Doubles

Freshman Ashley Mora opened the season with four doubles in her first 12 at bats. It's the second best doubles stretch in school history since Lauren Redfern tallied five doubles in 15 at-bats (11-15) during a four-game stretch in 2005.

Mora, a state wrestling champion in high school, opened the season with a double against Minnesota and Southern Illinois on Feb. 9. She finished up the weekend with doubles in both plate appearances in JU's 3-0 win over UNC-Greensboro.

A chink in the Seminole armour

JU has been the thorn in Florida State's side after splitting the last three doubleheaders since the 2004 season.

After dropping the first game of the doubleheader at the JU Softball Complex in 2004, former Dolphin Janine Palumbo recorded the game-winning hit off Seminole standout Jessica Van der Linden to help JU earn a 2-1 victory over No. 10 Florida State.

In 2005, Lindsey Freitag had a two-run home run to help ensure a 5-2 win in game one at Tallahassee.

Last season, the Dolphins once again fell in the first game of a doubleheader to the Seminoles, but would bounce back to earn a 2-1 win in the night cap.