TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2009
Softball hosts in-state rival UCF on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
After playing 11 games in a span of 10 days, the JU softball team will keep things light this week when the Dolphins host in-state rival UCF on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. for their only scheduled game.

The Dolphins (3-8), who are in the midst of a 12-game home stand, will meet the Golden Knights (4-6) for the 11th time in school history. UCF took the last matchup, 4-2, in 2007 and holds a 9-1 advantage in the series. The Dolphins’ lone win came in 2005 when both teams were members of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

“I’m excited to play UCF,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “In the past, we have always been in a hard battle against them and we expect the same thing tomorrow. They are a good team, so we need to be sharp in all areas to get the win.”

The Dolphins started to show signs of progress last week as they fought hard in a loss against No. 2 Florida (2/11), before falling to Presbyterian and Iowa State in the first day of the JU tournament on Feb. 13.

JU finally broke through in the win column in the second day of the JU tourney for a 5-3 win over Iowa State. The Dolphins kept the momentum going by plating three runs in extra innings to down Presbyterian, 8-6.

Offensively, senior Alexis Novak hit .438 (7-16) with four runs scored, two doubles, a home run and two RBI to pace the Dolphins last week. She recorded a hit in four of five games, including a season high 3-for-5 effort with two doubles and an RBI in the 8-6 win over Presbyterian (2/14). Freshman Brie Carmack also came alive in the win against the Blue Hose by driving home four of the eight JU runs.

The Golden Knights enter the JU softball complex after splitting a pair of games last week in the UCF Early Bird Tournament. They picked up wins over Texas-Arlington and George Mason before falling in extra innings to Tennessee, 1-0, to close out the tournament.

Hillary Barrow powers the Golden Knights with a team-high five doubles, two home runs and six RBI in 10 games, while Ashleigh Cole has fanned 19 batters in 28.2 innings for a 2-2 record to pace the pitching staff.

Fans can view this game live online through A-Sun.TV starting at 5:30 p.m.