SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2009
Softball downed by Iowa State to close JU Tournament, 4-1
Iowa State was not affected by the early morning start as they scored four runs in the first three innings to defeat the JU softball team, 4-1, on Sunday in the final day of the JU Tournament at the JU Softball Complex.

The Cyclones (9-1), who finished the day with an 8-0 win against Presbyterian, scored a run on a base hit and an error in the first and third innings. The Dolphins (3-8) scratched across a run in the sixth and had bases load with two outs, but Charissa Carlin worked out of the jam to help avenge the Cyclones only loss this season.

Carlin (4-0) allowed one unearned run on three hits and struck out three batters in seven innings to remain perfect for the season in the circle.

Junior Ashley Iveson (1-3) was tagged with the loss for JU after surrendering four runs (two earned) on five hits in three innings. Junior Brittany Abbott kept the Dolphins in the game by pitching four scoreless relief innings and allowing a hit, while fanning four batters.

Freshman Melissa Morales recorded a double for her first collegiate hit and scored the lone run, while sophomore Katie Kelly and junior Alexis Novak each finished with a hit.

“We can out flat today,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We just couldn’t get anything rolling. Overall, it was a pretty good weekend. We are learning how to win and being in these tough games will help us for conference.”

Iowa State led off the game with consecutive singles from Kelsey Kidwell and Carleigh Berry. After a fly out, Alex Johnson drew a walk to load the bases. Sydni Jones singled to left to score Kidwell, while Berry also scored when Kat Engler overthrew home trying to get the lead runner.

In the third inning, Berry led off with a single to left center field and stole second in the next at bat. Courtney Wray followed with single to center, but freshman catcher Amanda Schmidt let Kayla Ouellet’s throw to the plate get away from her to allow Berry to score. Wray scored a batter later on a sacrifice bunt from Jones to make it a 4-0 Iowa State lead.

Morales opened JU’s sixth inning with a double to left field. Morales moved to third on the next at bat as Ouellet reached on a fielding error by Carrie Monroe. Oullet stole second on Iowa State catcher Alex Johnson’s bad throw which allowed Morales to score from third. Ouellet was forced out at third on Kelly’s fielder choice, but Novak followed with an infield single to load the bases. Carlin quashed the rally with a strikeout to Carmack, who had four RBI in JU’s win against Iowa State last night.

Carlin would go on to pitch a scoreless seventh inning to secure the win for Iowa State.

The Dolphins are schedule to host UCF on Wednesday at the JU Softball Complex for their only game of the week. First pitch is 5:30 p.m.