TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2007
Softball plays two home doubleheaders starting Wednesday

March 13, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

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After finishing their final regular-season tournament at the USF/adidas Invitational, the Dolphins return to the JU Softball Complex for two important doubleheaders starting on Wednesday.

JU (6-21, 0-0 A-Sun) plays Ball State in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The Dolphins will open the Atlantic Sun Conference Schedule on Friday as they host Campbell for a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m.

Last Time Out

JU erased an 11-game jinx with a 3-2 victory over USF to start the day, but later fell to UMass, 5-3, in the Silver Flight bracket opening game on March 10 at the USF/adidas Invitational in Clearwater, Fla.

The Dolphins used a two-run fourth inning to earn their first win over the Bulls (17-11) in school history. In the night cap, the Minutewomen (8-7-1) rallied from two runs down in the bottom of the sixth inning to eliminate the Dolphins from the second-place tournament bracket.

Offensively, the Dolphins were lead by junior Jillian Mirante, who finished with three hits and a run scored in two games. She also stole her 19th career base against the Minutewomen to become JU's new all-time leader. Sara Gordon recorded two hits and an RBI on the day, while Renee LaCroix had an RBI single against USF.

Freshman Ashley Iveson (3-6) earned the win for JU against the Bulls after tossing her third complete-game of the Invitational and allowing two runs on seven hits. Despite the win against USF, she took the loss in the nightcap after surrendering three unearned runs on three hits in one inning of relief.

For the tournament, Iveson picked up two wins in three complete games and only allowed seven runs (two earned) on 12 hits with nine strikeouts in 22.2 innings of work.

Scouting the Opponents

Ball State: The Cardinals (4-9) enters Wednesday's doubleheader to face the Dolphins for the first time in school history after splitting a pair of games at the Southern Illinois Tournament on March 4.

They knocked off Western Illinois, 9-5, but later lost to Indiana, 6-2, to wrap up the tournament.

Offensively, Abby Gross ranks first on the team with a .400 batting average (16-40) and four doubles. Kamilah Holle is first with 12 RBI, while Taylor Yancey and Kelli Jeziorski each have a team-best four home runs.

Elizabeth Milian and Amanda Pick are each tied with two wins for the Cardinals in the circle. Milian has tallied a team-low 2.60 ERA, while Pick ranks first in innings pitched (41.2) and strikeouts (30).

Campbell: The Fighting Camels (16-14-1) will head to the JU Softball Complex after hosting College of Charleston for a doubleheader on Wednesday.

JU swept Campbell, 5-0 & 1-0, in their last trip to the JU campus back in the 2005 season. Shannon Jensen helped secure the sweep with a nine-inning game two shutout, while fanning a career-best 12 batters.

Jessica Huffman is currently the team's top hitter with 41 hits, 10 doubles and five home runs. Courtney Quinn is first on the squad with 20 RBI.

In the circle, Lauren Caviness has a team-best 1.58 ERA in 97.2 innings with seven wins and 87 strikeouts. Brittany Stanley has tallied six wins in 14 appearances and fanned 49 batters, while Kelly Weaver has struck out 32 batters in 55.1 innings.

Mora's Magnificent March

Freshman Ashley Mora has been tearing the cover off the ball in the month of March.

In the last eight games, Mora is batting .392 (11-28) with seven RBI, two doubles and one triple, including three multi-hit games.

Mora had the game-winning two-RBI single in the final at-bat against Western Michigan on March 8 at the USF/adidas Invitational. She also added a two-run triple the next day against Wagner.

In 27 games, Mora is second on the team in hits (16), RBI (10) and on-base percentage (.379). She currently leads the team with seven doubles and a .394 slugging percentage.