Softball swept in doubleheader by Georgia Southern, 6-1 & 10-0

Feb. 27, 2007

Box Score

STATESBORO, Ga. - The Jacksonville University softball team was swept in a doubleheader by Georgia Southern, 6-1 & 10-0, on Tuesday afternoon at Eagle Field in Statesboro, Ga.

"We are still learning," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "As a group, we know that we have to start putting this together soon because the conference schedule is around the corner."

In the first game, the Eagles (9-7) gained a 1-0 advantage in the second inning from a one-out double off the left field fence by Samantha Russo.

Junior Pat Melo plated Valerie Alter a single to right center to tie the game for JU (3-14) in the third inning. Alter initially reached on a one-out infield single and moved to second on a passed ball in the next at bat.

With two outs in the fourth inning, Elizabeth Branan laced a line drive to center that Sara Gordon mishandled, which allowed Katie Smith to score from first and give the Eagles a 2-1 advantage.

Robyn Siliga capped off the sixth inning with a two-out three-run home run off JU starter and eventual losing pitcher Katie Buell to secure the 6-1 victory.

Buell (1-5) took the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits, while tallying five strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

Eagles' starter Melissa Laliberte (3-3) earned the win after allowing one unearned run on five hits and recording six strikeouts in seven innings.

In the second game, The Eagles scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back en route to a 10-0 victory.

Jenny Side led the Eagles at the plate going 3-for-3 with a double, two home runs and four RBI. Maria Laurato finished with two doubles in the game for Georgia Southern.

Logan Free (4-2) pitched a one-hit complete-game shutout to earn the win for the Eagles.

JU starter Brittany Abbott (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits in an inning. Ashley Iveson surrendered four runs on three hits and recorded three strikeouts in three innings of relief.

The Dolphins play again on Friday at home as they host the Crispers/JU Invitational. JU opens the invitational with Notre Dame at 5 p.m. and play No. 9 Michigan in the nightcap at 7 p.m.