FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007
Softball shutout by Kennesaw State in doubleheader, 7-0 & 4-0
April 20, 2007
KENNESAW, Ga. - Kennesaw State benefited from six errors and 19 strikeouts o take an Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader over the JU softball team, 7-0 & 4-0, on Friday afternoon at Bailey Park in Kennesaw, Ga.
The Owls (37-17, 11-3 A-Sun) used an 11-strikeout effort from Brittany Matthews to win the first game, while scoring two runs on two occasions in the first three innings to earn the game two victory. The Dolphins (15-39, 4-10 A-Sun) have been held scoreless in the last 24 innings.
"Offensively, our bats are cold," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "We are passive at the plate right now for the first time all season. Our team needs to get hits so we can generate our offense."
Junior Jillian Mirante lead the Dolphins at the plate after going 3-for-6 in the doubleheader, while Kelly McKeon finished with a hit in each game, including a double in game one. Valerie Alter, Sara Gordon, Renee LaCroix and Amber Moseley each recorded a hit on the day.
In game one, Klair Wells and Kelly Cowart recorded back-to-back singles off JU starter Ashley Iveson to start Kennesaw State's first inning. After a walk to load the bases, Wells scored on a balk by Iveson to give the Owls a 1-0 lead. Jennifer Nolan followed with a sacrifice fly to left field to score Cowart and extended her team's advantage.
The Owls made it 5-0 in the third inning when they scored three runs with the help of two JU errors on one play.
With one out and the bases loaded, Kelsey Kulk hit a ground ball to third that Gordon threw to the right of catcher Ashley Mora at home, which scored Cowart and Nolan. April Keasler also scored on the play when Mora under threw Iveson at home after retrieving Gordon's errant throw. Megan Gant plated Kulk a batter later on a RBI single that bounced off Iveson's foot and went into shallow left field.
In the sixth inning, Alter picked up a one-out single for the Dolphins. Pat Melo walked in the next at-bat and Mirante followed with her second single in the game to load the bases, but Matthews retired the next two batters to quash the rally.
Kennesaw State added run on a base-loaded walk in the sixth inning, while Matthews pitched a scoreless seventh inning to secure the 7-0 win.
Matthews (18-4) tossed a complete-game shutout and retired 12 batters in a row at one point to earn the win in the circle.
Iveson (5-12) was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs (two earned) on six hits and a season-high seven walks in six innings.
In the second game, Keasler led off Kennesaw State's second inning with a double down the left line. Kulk followed with a single off JU starter and eventual losing pitcher Katie Buell to move Keasler to third base. Owls' starting pitcher Norie Glazebrook drove home Keasler in the next at-bat with a single to left side, while Kulk also scored on the play from a throwing error by Mirante to give the Owls a 2-0 lead.
Cowart and Keri McKee tallied consecutive doubles to start the third inning for the Owls. Nolan followed with a deep fly out to center field that Alter mishandled, which scored Cowart and McKee to give Kennesaw State a 4-0 advantage.
Glazebrook (5-4) held the Dolphins scoreless over the next three innings in the circle to secure the win. She allowed just two hits and fanned eight batters in six innings, while Missy Hobdy tossed a scoreless seventh inning to earn her first save.
Buell (6-8) allowed four runs (two earned) on eight hits and struck out four batters in the loss for the Dolphins.
The Dolphins wrap up their road trip in Macon, Ga. on Saturday when they take on Mercer in an A-Sun doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.