Softball wraps fall campaign with perfect 8-0 record
Junior Ashley Iveson finished with a team-high three wins and allowed no earned runs in 19.1 innings for JU
Junior Ashley Iveson finished with a team-high three wins and allowed no earned runs in 19.1 innings for JU
The JU softball team did more than its share of fine tuning after finishing the fall season with a perfect 8-0 record in its first glimpse of the 2009 season.

The mark is the best fall record produced by JU team and is the first flawless mark in program history.

“I was really happy with our results,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We still have a young team, but all of them played a lot older than they are.

“In the fall, I run my team with a very business-like approach. We work on the basics-bunting, fielding, hitting and base running-to give them the frame work on how we will play in the spring. They did all the little things well, which put us in a better position to win each game and they made the most of it.”

The Dolphins started the fall season with a doubleheader sweep over Florida Community College of Jacksonville (4-3 (9), 7-2) on Sept. 26. The Stars bounced back with a 7-1 lead on the Dolphins in game one on the next day, but the JU offense scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to earn an 8-7 victory. The stunned Stars dropped a 2-0 decision in the second game to give the Dolphins a 4-0 start.

On Oct 3, JU opened with an 8-1 victory over St. John’s Community College before taking a 1-0 decision in the night cap. The Dolphins finished the fall season rallying from behind twice to down Seminole Community College, 4-3 & 8-3, on Oct. 4 to get an unblemished mark.

Offensively, the Dolphins finished the fall hitting .312 (69-221) with 42 runs scored, 28 RBI and 17 doubles. Junior shortstop Shannon Monahan was the squad’s leading hitter after batting .500 (15-30) with seven doubles, three triples, 10 RBI and six runs scored. Sophomore outfielder Kayla Ouellet finished with a .440 (11-25) and had five runs scored, while junior catcher Ashley Mora went a combined 7-for-10 with two doubles and five RBI in the final two doubleheaders to finish the fall with a .462 batting average.

Freshman third baseman Amanda Schmidt hit .364 with three doubles to lead all newcomers. Redshirt-freshman first baseman Brie Carmack had two hits in the seven-run inning against the Stars, including the game-winnner, in her first action since injuring her ankle last season.

In the circle, JU posted a 1.60 ERA in 57 innings of work with 46 strikeouts and had four complete-game efforts. Junior Ashley Iveson won three decisions after allowing no earned runs in 19.1 innings to lead the staff. Sophomore Jackie Samuels tossed a complete-game shutout against FCCJ on Sept. 27, while junior Brittany Abbot went the distance and had four strikeouts for a win vs. SJCC. Freshman Sarah Sigrest fanned a team-high 22 batters in 15.1 innings to finish with a 1.85 ERA in her first set of college games.

The Dolphins open the 2009 season on Feb. 6 against SEC-power Auburn in Miami, Fla. for the FIU Combat Classic. First pitch is set for 10 a.m.