THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2007
Softball travels to Nashville for two A-Sun doubleheaders starting on Friday
March 29, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
A brief preview
The JU softball team will take a three-game winning streak on the road this week as they head to Nashville, Tenn. for two key Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheaders.
The Dolphins (10-27, 1-1 A-Sun) open their trip against Belmont (6-19, 1-3 A-Sun) on Friday at 2 p.m. EST and finish on Saturday against current league-leader Lipscomb (16-15, 3-1 A-Sun) at 4 p.m. EST.
Last Time Out
The Dolphins outsmarted the Ivy League's Dartmouth to swept a doubleheader, 5-3 & 7-5, on March 24 at the JU Softball Complex.
The Dolphins 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.
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.
Scouting the Opponents
Belmont: The Bruins will take on Austin Peay in a doubleheader on Wednesday before heading into A-Sun play this weekend. In their last A-Sun doubleheader, the Bruins split a pair of games with Campbell on March 23 in Buies Creek, N.C.
Sarah Vaughan currently leads Belmont in hitting with a .313 batting average, six doubles and two home runs, while Kelly Major rankes first on the team with 13 RBI.
In the circle, Sammi Parks paces the staff with five wins and 58 strikeouts in 73.1 innings of work.
Lipscomb: The A-Sun leading Bisions open the weekend against North Florida on Friday before facing JU.
Last weekend, Lipscomb won four consecutive games at a tournament in DeLand, Fla. after dropping the opener. Included in those wins is a 7-1 thrashing over preseason favorite and host Stetson on March 25.
Offensively, the Bisions are led by Abby Keese who is batting .393 after 31 games. Lauren Dortwegt has a team-best 41 hits, while Heather Collins has driven in a season-high 37 runs.
Christen Campbell leads the picthing staff with 10 wins in 16 starts. She also has a team-low 2.67 ERA in 112.2 innings and has fanned 94 batters.
Mora's Magnificent March continues
Freshman Ashley Mora might have a lucky shamrock in her back pocket as she continues to be an offensive powerhouse in the month of March.
In the 20 games this month, Mora is batting .355 with 22 hits, 15 RBI, four doubles and one triple. She has six multi-hit games in that span, including a season-high three hits against Charleston Southern (3/22) and Dartmouth (3/24). She also has five multi-RBI games in the month. Mora is currently on a seven-game hitting streak, which is second only to Valerie Alter's team-best eight-game mark from Feb. 17 to Feb. 27.
Last week, Mora batted 10-for-17 (.588) with a double, three runs scored and six RBI in three doubleheaders. On March 22, she had three hits and her team-leading ninth double of the season in game one against Charleston Southern before adding an RBI single in the second game to help JU earn a 5-1 win. Mora went 4-for-7 with four RBI in the Dolphins' doubleheader sweep over Dartmouth on March 24.
Her month began by going 4-for-9 with three RBI and two doubles in two games against Virginia on the final day of the Crispers/JU Invitational. Mora followed that weekend up by hitting 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.
After 37 games in 2007, Mora leads the team in batting average (.320), hits (32), RBI (18) and doubles with nine.
Take a number for the hot corner
Because of a preseason injury to third baseman Beth Glasscock, the Dolphins have had to use a player by committee approach to fill the void at the hot corner in 2007.
Freshmen Ashley Mora, Simone Bruemmer, Kelly McKeon and Amber Moseley has each seen time at third base this season. Of the four freshman, Bruemmer is the only one who has seen action at third base in her softball career.
McKeon leads the group with 20 starts in 33 games for the Dolphins. Bruemmer has been penciled in six times at the hot corner, while serving as the one of the team's catchers. Mora has three starts and Moseley has seen action at third in two games.
Junior outfielder Sara Gordon has been the latest member to join the party as she made six starts at third last week.
Prior to JU, Gordon played some third base with Daytona Beach Community College and helped lead the Falcons to a pair of third-place finishes in the state of Florida.