WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2007
Softball swept in doubleheader by Ball State, 6-2 & 3-1
March 14, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Ball State used two three-run innings in game one and a first-inning home run in game two to earn a doubleheader sweep over the JU softball team, 6-2 & 3-1, in non-conference action on Wednesday night at the JU softball Complex.
The Cardinals (6-9) picked up their first set of wins in their two-week Florida road trip, while the Dolphins (6-23) dropped their first home doubleheader of the season.
"We came out flat today," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "We were out played in every facet of the game and our team just didn't live up to their expectations. Hopefully, we can wipe the slate clean as we open the conference schedule on Friday."
Ball State broke a scoreless tie in the first game with a three-run four-hit rally in the fourth inning off JU starter and eventual losing pitcher Shannon Jensen
With one out and runners on the corners, Kelli Jeziorski stole home on a double steal to give the Cardinals their first run. Amanda Pick capped off the inning two batters later with a two-run single through the left side of the diamond.
Simone Bruemmer added her first collegiate triple in the bottom of the fourth to score Jensen and cut the Dolphins' deficit to 3-1. Jensen hit a two-out single to left center field before scoring on Breummer's triple to right center field.
In the fifth inning, Valerie Alter reached first on fielder's choice. Pat Melo followed with a single, which moved Alter to third. After a groundout by Jillian Mirante, Ashley Mora delivered a two-out single to center field scoring Alter, but Brittany Jones threw out Melo at the plate to end the JU rally.
The Cardinals put a dagger in the Dolphins' heart by adding three runs on two outs to extend their advantage to 6-2.
Milian (3-2) pitched a scoreless seventh inning to secure the win in the circle for Ball State. She allowed two runs on eight hits and had three strikeouts in seven innings.
Jensen (1-9) hurled seven innings and surrendered all six runs on eight hits, while also fanning three batters.
In game two, the Cardinals gained the initial lead on Abby Gross' two-out two-run home run off Brittany Abbott in the first inning.
Ball State extended their lead to 3-0 in the second inning on a base-loaded walk to plate Kam Hollee. The Cardinals benefited from four walks by the JU pitching staff in the inning.
Laura Masch (1-3) earned the win for Ball State in the circle after allowing one run on two hits in 4.1 innings. Pick tossed 2.2 scoreless innings of relief to earn her first save.
Abbott (0-3) was tagged with the loss after surrendering three runs on one hit and four walks in an inning of work. Katie Buell hurled six shutout relief innings and tallied four strikeouts to keep the Dolphins close.
The Dolphins return to the JU Softball Complex on Friday as they host Campbell in a doubleheader to open the Atlantic Sun Conference schedule. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.