FRIDAY, MARCH 02, 2007
Softball drops two games on the first day of the Crispers/JU Invitational

March 2, 2007

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore Alexis Novak and freshman Amber Moseley each tallied run-scoring singles, but it couldn't help the Jacksonville University softball team rally back as they fell to Notre Dame, 7-2, on the first day of the Crispers/JU Invitational at the JU Softball Complex on Friday night.

The Dolphins (3-16) lost the night cap to No. 9 Michigan (17-1), 9-0, behind an 11-strikeout performance frim Lorilyn Wilson.

Novak, Moseley, Jillian Mirante and Pat Melo each had hits against the Fighting Irish (6-6). Senior Valerie Alter recorded the Dolphins' lone hit against the Wolverines, despite ending her nine-game on-base streak in the first game.

Senior Katie Buell also tossed a team-high five shutout relief innings against the Fighting Irish. She retired 14 out of 15 batters she faced to keep JU in the game.

"The score is not indicative of how well we played," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "I saw some players who stepped up tonight that haven't seen do so this season.

"Overall I was happy with the guts, attitude and desire to win that we showed because it lets me know we are on the right path for a successful conference season."

Against the Fighting Irish, Notre Dame jumped to a 4-0 lead off two JU errors in the first inning.

Heather Johnson singled home the Irish's first run and moved to second on the play from an error by the Dolphins, which allowed Katie Laing to bring home Linda Kohan on the next at bat off JU starter and eventual losing pitcher Ashley Iveson.

Gessica Hufnagle drove home two runs on a two-out single to cap off the four-run inning for Notre Dame.

Notre Dame added three runs in the second inning with the help of Kohan's two-RBI double to make it a 7-0 advantage.

Novak legged out an infield single to lead off the fifth inning. After two consecutive outs, Moseley singled through the right side of the infield to score Novak for JU's first run.

In the sixth inning, Novak brought home a run on a sacrifice fly, but Renee LaCroix was thrown out advancing to third and ending JU's late rally.

Kenya Fuemmler (1-4) picked up her first win of the season in the circle for the Fighting Irish by hurling four hitless innings and fanning four batters.

Iveson (1-4) took the loss after allowing seven runs on four hits in one inning of work.

In the second game, the Wolverines would add to the Dolphins' first-inning woes as they scored two runs on one hit and two JU errors to gain a 2-0 lead.

Michigan catcher Tiffany Worthy had a two-run single in the second inning, while Allison Kidman added a two-run triple to highlight a four-run fifth inning and secure the 9-0 win.

Wilson (9-1) kept the JU batters off balanced by recording six strikeouts in the first six at bats to earn the win in the circle. She allowed one hit to Alter in her four innings, while Stacey Delaney hurled a scoreless fifth inning of relief with two strikeouts for Michigan.

JU starter Shannon Jensen (1-6) was tagged with the loss after surrendering nine runs (seven earned) on 12 hits and three strikeouts in five innings.

The Dolphins open the second day of the Crispers/JU Invitational against Fighting Irish at noon. They will wrap up with Virginia at 2 p.m.

MORE FROM THE CRISPERS/JU INVITATIONAL: Due to early morning showers, the Michigan and Virginia game for 1 p.m. today was rescheduled to Sunday. Here is the new schedule for Sunday:

Michigan vs. Notre Dame, 9 a.m.

Michigan vs. Virginia, 11 a.m.

JU vs. Virginia, 1 p.m.