Softball wins game two to split doubleheader with Charleston Southern

March 22, 2007

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore Alexis Novak tallied a three-RBI double, while senior Katie Buell pitched five shutout innings to help the JU softball team down Charleston Southern, 5-1, in game two of a non-conference doubleheader on Thursday afternoon at the JU Softball Complex.

The Buccaneers (11-26) held off a late rally by the Dolphins (8-27) to pick up a 3-2 victory in game one.

Offensively, freshman Ashley Mora went 4-for-6 in the doubleheader with an RBI and her team-leading ninth double of season in the first game, while Novak finished the day with a pair of hits. Freshman Amber Moseley had a two-run single in game one and added her first collegiate triple in the second game. Senior Valerie Alter earned an RBI triple in game two to round out the JU offense.

Buell (3-6) earned the win in game two after scattering three hits in five shutout innings. Junior Shannon Jensen allowed one run and fanned three batters in two innings of relief in game two after she pitched 3.1 hitless relief innings in the first game.

"We played hard in both games today," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "We rallied in the first game, but wasn't able to get over the hump. In game two, we got the ball to bounce in our direction and were able to earn the win. Our team looks forward to another challenge on Saturday before we head back into the bulk of our conference schedule."

In game two, the Dolphins jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first inning with the help of a run-scoring single by Mora to plate Jillian Mirante.

Pat Melo and Mirante had back-to-back singles off Buccaneers reliever Caitlin Allen to lead off JU's fifth inning. After Mora reached on a hit by pitch, Novak cleared the bases with a double to the left field gap to extend the Dolphins' lead to 4-0.

The Buccaneers were able to scratch across a run in the sixth inning on a two-out run-scoring double by Allen to make it 4-1 on the scoreboard.

Alter helped put the game out of reach for JU in the bottom of the sixth inning with her first triple of the season to score Moseley and give the Dolphins a 5-1 advantage. Moseley legged out a triple down the left field line before scoring on Alter's at-bat.

Jensen pitched a scoreless seventh inning to secure the win.

Buccaneers' starter Jillian LaFrance (4-7) took the loss in the circle after giving up one run on four hits, while striking out three batters in four innings. Allen allowed four runs on five hits in two innings.

In game one, Jill Shondel reached first base on a throwing error by Pat Melo to lead off the fourth inning for Charleston Southern. After two consecutive outs, Candace Rowel moved Shondel to third base on a single to right field. Brittany Giannini plated Shondel in the next at-bat with a single to give the Buccaneers a 1-0 lead. Tiffany Reid followed with a two-run single up the middle off JU starter and eventual losing pitcher Ashley Iveson to cap off the inning.

Trailing 3-0, Moseley cut the lead to within a run for JU by recording a two-run two-out single in the sixth inning, but Amanda Noble retired four of the final five batters to quash the Dolphins' comeback.

Noble (5-10) hurled a complete game, while scatting eight hits and surrendering two runs (one earned) to get the win.

Iveson (3-7) allowed three unearned runs on five hits and fanned one batter in 3.2 innings.

The Dolphins host Dartmouth in their final home doubleheader of the week on Saturday at 1 p.m.