SUNDAY, MARCH 04, 2007
Softball splits doubleheader with Virginia on final day of Crispers/JU Invitational

March 4, 2007

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Freshman Ashley Mora and senior Renee LaCroix each recorded two RBI to guide the JU softball team to a 10-2 victory in game one against Virginia, Sunday afternoon in the final day of the Crispers/JU Invitational at the JU Softball Complex.

In the second game, the Cavaliers (8-14) scored three runs in the fifth and sixth innings to down the Dolphins (4-17), 8-4.

Offensively, Mora finished the two games going 4-for-9 with two doubles and three RBI. LaCroix tallied a run-scoring single and a ground out in the first game, while Pat Melo added an RBI triple in the win. Mora and senior Valerie Alter each had two hits for JU in the second game.

Senior Katie Buell (2-5) picked up the win in the first game after tossing five innings and allowing two runs on four hits with a strikeout.

"We played our first complete game of the season in game one," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "In game two, we fell back into our old habits and never game ourselves a chance to get back in it. We are still looking to minimize the mistakes that give the big innings to our opponents.

Trailing 1-0 in the first inning of game one, Melo and Alter drew consecutive walks off Cavalier starter Nicole Koren. Mora followed with a single up the middle on reliever Karla Wilburn to give the Dolphins a 2-1 advantage.

Melo recorded a triple down the right field line in the second inning to score Kelly McKeon and extend the Dolphins' lead to 3-1. Melo would later score on a double by Mora to cap off the inning.

The Cavaliers had a run-scoring single in the top of the third inning, but the Dolphins would match it in the bottom of the inning on a RBI single from LaCroix.

The Dolphins put the game out of reach in the fourth by adding four runs on two hits and three Cavalier errors. LaCroix, McKeon and Jillian Mirante each had an RBI in three consecutive at-bats during the inning.

Alter scored in the fifth inning on a run-scoring single by Shannon Jensen to secure the JU win.

Koren (0-3) took the loss for Virginia after giving up two lead-off walks to JU in the first inning, which would score on the third at-bat of the game. Wilburn, Coty Tolar and Whitney Holstun each logged time in the circle for Virginia in game one.

In the second game, the Cavaliers grabbed the initial lead on a two-run homer by Sarah Tacke in the second inning.

The Dolphins rallied back by scoring three runs in the third inning. Alter led off with a walk, moved to second on a fielder's choice by Mora and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jensen to right field. Mora later scored on a fielders choice, while Mirante brought home Novak to end the inning.

Virginia would not go down quietly as they scored three runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-3 lead.

Haller tied the game for the Cavaliers on a one-out single to plate Elea Crockett off Jensen. After a walk to load the bases, Jensen was relieved for Buell and hit the next batter to give Virginia a 4-3 advantage. Tacke brought home Haller on the next at bat with a sacrifice fly, while Alter would throw out Koren at second to end the Cavalier rally.

After two consecutive hit by pitched and a single to move the runners, Crockett drove in both runs on a single up the middle to make it a 6-3 Virginia lead in the sixth inning. Meghan O'Leary scored on the next-at bat on a JU throwing error to wrap up the inning.

The Dolphins made it 6-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning from a RBI double by Mora to plate Alter. JU would have base loaded opportunity with two outs in the seventh inning, but Tolar induced a fly out to second to kill the rally.

Wilburn (6-6) earned the win in the circle for Virginia by tossing 2.2 relief innings and only allowing one run on five hits. Tolar tallied two scoreless innings of relief, while Koren earned a no-decision after allowing three runs (one earned) in 2.1 innings.

Jensen (1-7) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs on five hits in 4.1 innings of work. Ashley Iveson tossed two shutout innings of relief for the Dolphins to keep them in the game.

The Dolphins return to action on Thursday as they travel to Clearwater, Fla. for the USF/Adidas Spring Break Invitational. They open the day with Okalahoma State at 11 a.m. and wrap up with Western Michigan at 1 p.m.