Softball falls twice at the Florida Atlantic Pepsi Classic on Friday

Feb. 23, 2007

Box Score

BOCA RATON, Fla. - The first inning haunted the Jacksonville University softball team as they lost to Texas Tech, 8-0, and Illinois, 11-5, on the first day of the Florida Atlantic Pepsi Classic in Boca Raton, Fla.

The Red Raiders (8-0) and the Fighting Illini (6-6) each scored three runs in the first inning against the Dolphins (2-10) to secure their wins.

Sophomore Alexis Novak led the way for JU offensively going 3-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored in two games, while Ashley Mora, Shannon Jensen and Simone Bruemmer each recorded doubles against the Fighting Illini.

"We are struggling to get into a rhythm right now," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "We are improving each game, but we can't put things together at the moment."

In the second game, a JU error in the top of the first inning opened the door to a two-out three-run home run by Mackenzie Smith to give the Fighting Illini the early advantage.

Shanna Diller opened the third inning with a home run to right center field off JU starter Katie Buell, while Smith extended the Fighting Illini lead to 5-0 three batters later on an RBI groundout.

In the bottom of the third inning, Senior Renee LaCroix cut the lead for JU by driving home Valerie Alter and Bruemmer on a two-out single up the middle. Mora followed with her fifth double of the season to plate LaCroix and trimmed JU's deficit to 5-3.

The Fighting Illini added two more runs in the fifth inning off another Dolphin error and recorded a run in the sixth inning from a sacrifice fly by Angelina Mexicano for the 9-3 lead.

JU scored runs on consecutive hits by Novak and Bruemmer in the sixth inning, but the Fighting Illini scored two runs in the seventh inning to outlast the Dolphins.

Vicky Brown (3-1) earned the win for the Fighting Illini after tossing five innings and allowing three unearned runs on four hits. Claire DeVreese surrendered two runs in two innings of relief.

Buell (1-4) took the loss for the Dolphins after allowing 11 runs (seven earned) in seven innings, while fanning three batters.

Against Texas Tech, Whitney Riley picked up an RBI single JU starter and eventual losing pitcher Ashley Ivseon in the first inning to give the Red Raiders an early lead. Jennifer Corkin would follow with a sacrifice fly to plate a runner, while Riley later scored on a throwing error to cap off the three-run first inning.

The Red Raiders benefited from a catcher's interference in the third inning to add two runs for a 5-0 advantage.

In the sixth inning, Ashley Parker brought home two runs on a triple down the right field line and Devin Zaragoza followed with a RBI sacrifice fly to secure the 8-0 win.

Sarah Loslenben earned the win for the Red Raiders after scattering two hits and fanning four batters in five shutout innings. Alex Watkins also logged an inning of scoreless relief.

Iveson (1-2) was tagged with the loss by surrendering five runs (two earned) on 10 hits, while recording three strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

The Dolphins continue the FAU Pepsi Classic on Saturday as they face James Madison at 9 a.m. and finish with in-state rival Bethune-Cookman at 11 a.m.