SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2009
Softball wins twice again at JU Invitational on Saturday
On Saturday, the Dolphins’ offense paced the JU softball team to wins over Vermont, 4-3, and Marist, 15-2 (5), on the second day of the JU invitational at the JU Softball Complex.

The Dolphins (7-9) got a two-run single from junior Simone Bruemmer to down the Catamounts (0-4) in the first game, while the JU offense exploded for 15 runs on 12 hits against the Red Foxes (1-3) to stay undefeated for the invitational.

Offensively, the Dolphins had 10 of their 12 players today record at least one hit between the two games.

Senior Alexis Novak paved the way at the plate by going 6-for-7 with four runs scored, three RBI and two double. Freshman Brie Carmack also drove in three runs on the day, while sophomore Katie Kelly had a hit against Vermont and went 3-for-4 against Marist to extend her hitting streak to eight games.

“It was good to see our bats come alive and our hitting become contagious,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We look relaxed at the plate, while our pitchers threw great for the second straight day. Overall, it has been a great two days so far.”

Freshman Sarah Sigrest (4-5) earned the win in relief during the first game after striking out two batters and allowing no hits in three scoreless innings.

Junior Brittany Abbott (1-1) got the win against the Red Foxes by allowing just one unearned run on three hits in three innings of relief. She also allowed one run in three innings to earn a no decision against Vermont. Sophomore Jackie Samuels allowed one run on one hit and fanned two batters in two innings to start against Marist.

Against Vermont, Kelly led off JU’s half of the first inning with a single to center field. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Kelly McKeon and scored on a double by Novak in the next at-bat to give the Dolphins a 1-0 lead.

The Catamounts got on the board in the third inning as Caroline Goddard plated Margaret Hilton on an infield single after she led off the inning with a triple to right center field.

After a ground out to start the third inning, the Dolphins got three consecutive singles from Novak, Carmack and Amanda Schmidt to load the bases. Vermont starter and eventual losing pitcher Alison Daggett walked McKeon which plated Novak to extended JU’s lead.

Bruemmer followed the walk with a single to left field off reliever Caitlin Monahan to give the Dolphins a 4-1 advantage.

With two outs in the fourth inning, the Catamounts extended their inning as Kellin Haley reached on a fielding error by freshman third basemen Kayla Shavers. Daggett cut the deficit to one with a two-run home run to left field off junior Ashley Iveson. Hilton was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat, but Iveson settled down to strike out Goddard to end the threat.

Sigrest quieted the Catamounts after only having one batter reach in the final three innings to secure the JU win.

Daggett allowed four runs on five hits and had three walks in 2.1 innings for the Catamounts in the loss.

Against Marist, Kelly opened JU’s half again with a single before moving to second base on another sacrifice bunt by McKeon. Novak pushed Kelly to third base on a single to center. Carmack followed with a groundout to plate Kelly, while Novak scored on a wild pitch in the next at-bat to make it a 2-0 advantage. Two batters later, Schmidt and junior Ashley Mora each scored on a double to left field from Shavers. Freshman Melissa Morales brought home Shavers with a single to center field to give JU a commanding 5-0 lead.

Marist answered in the bottom of the first inning with a run-scoring single by Red Foxes starter and eventual losing pitcher Jessie Green.

The Dolphins pushed away from the Red Foxes in the third inning by plating six runs on two outs to take 11-1 lead.

Morales reached on a hit by pitch following two quick outs in the third inning. After a walk to sophomore Kat Engler, Kelly plated Morales on a single up the middle. McKeon followed with an infield single to Engler, while Kelley scored on a single by Novak. Carmack capped off the inning with two-run single to left field to score Novak and McKeon.

JU added three runs in the fourth inning on run-scoring hits by Novak and Mora. The Dolphins scored a run on an error in the fifth inning to wrap up the win.

For Marist, Green surrendered 11 runs (10 earned) on eight hits in 2.2 innings to take the loss.

The Dolphins look to close out the invitational with a perfect mark on Sunday against Coastal Carolina at 11:45 a.m.