Softball sweeps Dartmouth in doubleheader, 5-3 & 7-5

March 24, 2007

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In today's battle of wits on the diamond, the JU softball team came out on top as they swept a doubleheader against Dartmouth, 5-3 & 7-5, on Saturday afternoon at the JU Softball Complex.

The Dolphins (10-27) used a three-run fifth inning to earn a 5-3 win in game one, before holding off a late home run by the Big Green (4-13) to secure a 7-5 victory in the second game.

"We did great in both games," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "I felt like we executed well and did all the little things right to get the wins. "We plan on taking this momentum into next weekend for our conference schedule."

Freshman Ashley Mora paced the JU offense by going 4-for-7 with four RBI in the doubleheader. Junior Jillian Mirante also added four hits in the doubleheader along with her first triple of the season in game two, while junior Pat Melo finished the day with three RBI.

Junior Shannon Jensen (3-10) earned the win in game one for the Dolphins after hurling a complete game and allowing three runs on six hits with five strikeouts. She also picked up a pinch-hit two-RBI double in game two.

Freshman Ashley Iveson (4-7) picked the win in game two by scattering four runs on five hits in 2.2 innings of relief.

In game one, the Big Green gained a 1-0 advantage in the first inning when Katie Chifcian scored on two-out infield single by Alyssa Parker. Chifcian recorded a triple to right center field by scoring on the single.

The Dolphins struck back by scoring two runs on a passed ball and a throwing error by catcher Kelly Fry to take a 2-1 lead in the second inning.

Alexis Novak led off the second inning with a single to left field. Sara Gordon walked in the next at-bat, while Jensen loaded the bases with another single to left. After a line out by Renee LaCroix, Novak scored on passed ball and Gordon took home on an overthrow to give JU the lead.

Fry made up for her mistake in the fourth inning by tying the game for the Big Green with a one-out RBI single to plate Chifcian. Fry scored a batter later when JJ Wright doubled to left field to give Dartmouth a 3-2 lead.

In the fifth inning, LaCroix reached on a fielding error by the shortstop. After two consecutive outs, LaCroix scored on a double by Melo to tie the game for the Dolphins. Mirante followed with a single, while Mora cleared the bases with a two-run single to give JU a 5-3 advantage.

Jensen tossed a scoreless sixth and seventh inning to secure the win in the circle for the Dolphins.

Dartmouth starter Stephanie Trudeau (3-7) took the loss after allowing five unearned runs on five hits and three walks in five innings.

In first inning of the second game, Mirante tallied a one-out triple down the left field line. Mora followed with a single to plate Mirante and give the Dolphins a 1-0 lead.

The Dolphins lead was short lived as Alyssa Parker led off the second inning with a home run to left field to even the game.

After three scoreless innings, JU took a 7-1 advantage with a six-run, five-hit fifth inning off Dartmouth starter and eventual losing pitcher Angela Megaw.

Mora opened with the fifth inning by beating out an infield single to shortstop. After a fly out, Gordon and LaCroix had back-to-back singles to load the bases. Simone Bruemmer drew a walk to score Mora and give JU a 2-1 lead. Jensen scored two runs an at-bat later with a pinch-hit double to left center. Melo followed Jensen's suit in the next at-bat with a two-run single to score Bruemmer and Valerie Alter to extended JU's advantage to 6-1. Mora capped off the inning with a run-scoring single to plate Mirante.

The Big Green didn't go down with out a fight as they scored two runs in the sixth inning from a pair of RBI singles off Iveson to make it a 7-3 ballgame.

In the seventh inning, Chifcian had a two-out two-run home run to cut the Dartmouth deficit to two runs, but Iveson induced a groundout to quash the late rally and secure JU's 7-5 victory.

Megaw (1-4) tossed six innings in the loss and surrendered seven runs on 13 hits.

JU starter Katie Buell allowed one run on three hits and fanned two batters in 4.1 innings to earn a no-decision.

The Dolphins are back in action on Friday, March 30, as they head to Nashville, Tenn. for two key Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheaders. JU opens the slate with Belmont at 2 p.m. EST and finish with league-leading Lipscomb on Saturday at 4 p.m. EST.