FRIDAY, MAY 04, 2007
Softball swept in season finale by Stetson, 6-0 & 6-1
May 4, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It was a bittersweet ending to the 2007 season as the JU softball team was swept by Stetson, 6-0 & 6-1, in the final Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader at the JU Softball Complex on Thursday night.
The Hatters (38-16, 12-4 A-Sun) secured the No. 1 for the A-Sun Tournament next weekend in the DeLand after using a pair of two-out rallies to win the first game and two key home runs in game two to earn the sweep.
The Dolphins (15-43, 4-14 A-Sun) had gotten within a run in the second game, but was unable to pull ahead to get a win in their final game of the season.
"I was pleased with the way everyone hit tonight," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak, who finished her first season at helm of the softball program. "Like most of the season, we just couldn't get that big hit that would have put us over the top.
"I just want to also thank our seniors for all the hard work they put in this season because they will be sorely missed. I'm also happy with the effort our underclassmen put forth this season and I can't wait to start building that momentum for 2008."
Offensively, senior Valerie Alter led the team by going 4-for-7 in her final doubleheader with the Dolphins. Alter was a perfect 3-for-3 in game two to bring her batting average in conference play to .385 for the season. Junior Jillian Mirante went 3-for-3 in game one to finish the A-Sun schedule with a team-high .417 batting average. Mirante also finished the season with hits in 12 of her last 14 games. Junior Pat Melo went 2-for-4 with an RBI in game two, while senior Renee LaCroix had a hit in game one to wrap up the Dolphins' hitting.
In game one, the Hatters scored three runs with two outs to take a 3-0 advantage in the third inning.
Lindsay Whitman led off the inning with a double down the right center field, while Blythe Golden reached on the next at-bat from a hit by pitch. After two consecutive outs, Amy Peters drove home both runners on a single to right center field. Amy Joyce followed with RBI single to center to score Peters and cap off the inning.
The Hatters would make it 5-0 in the fourth inning from a two-out, two-RBI single from Nicole Forbes.
In the seventh inning, Golden scored on a sacrifice fly by Amanda Lindsey to give Stetson a commanding 6-0 advantage.
The Dolphins had two runners on base from two hits in the fourth and seventh innings, but Hatter starter Erica Demers worked out of both jams to secure the win.
Demers (16-6) scattered seven hits and struck out four to earn the complete-game shutout victory.
Senior Katie Buell (6-9) was tagged with the loss in her final start with the Dolphins. She allowed six runs (five earned) on 11 hits and a strikeout in seven innings.
In game two, Stetson drew first blood again with a two-run home run in the second inning by Lindsay to give her team a 2-0 lead.
The Dolphins made it a 2-1 in the bottom of the inning from a two-out run-scoring single by Melo to plate Sara Gordon.
Andrea Migliori reached on a fielding error to start the Hatter fourth inning. After a walk to Wightman, Migliori scored on a double to right center field by Golden to give the Hatters a 3-1 advantage.
In the fifth inning, Wightman would hit a solo home run off JU starter and eventual losing pitcher Shannon Jensen to left center to extend the Stetson lead to 4-1. Peters and Sherrel Fountain each scored on a two-out JU fielding error in the sixth inning to finish the Hatters' scoring.
Hatter starter Heather Colding gave up no runs and just three hits in the final four innings quash the Dolphins' chances and earn the victory.
Colding (13-8) allowed a run on seven hits and fanned five batters in seven innings.
Jensen (4-18) took the loss after surrendering six runs (three earned) on nine hits and five strikeouts in seven innings.