SUNDAY, MARCH 01, 2009
Softball finishes perfect in JU Invitational with an 11-2 win over Marist
The JU softball team extended its winning streak to five games after the Dolphins used a late scoring surge to down Marist, 11-2 (5), on Sunday to wrap the JU Invitational at the JU Softball Complex.

The Dolphins (8-9) scored nine runs in the final two innings to close the tournament with a 5-0 record. The Red Foxes (1-5), who picked up the last second game this morning, committed four errors in the contest en route to their five consecutive loss of the tournament.

“I’m so extremely proud of the way our team played this weekend,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “They played hard and executed well throughout the tournament. It was nice to see us do all the aspects on the game well and we plan on continuing this momentum going into conference play next week.”

Sophomore Jackie Samuels (1-0) earned the win in relief by scattering three hits and fanning two batters in 3.1 scoreless innings. Freshman Sarah Sigrest pitched a scoreless inning to close out the contest.

Marist starter Caitlin Schnell took the loss after allowing 11 runs (eight earned) on seven hits and eight walks.

Offensively, sophomore Katie Kelly extended her hitting streak to a career-best nine games after finishing 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBI and three runs scored. Senior Alexis went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while freshmen Amanda Schmidt and Melissa Morales each had run-scoring hits.

Megan Pomes, Jessie Green and Megan Lamoureux each recorded a pair of hits to lead the Red Foxes.

In the top of the first inning, Kelly opened the game with a single through the left side and then moved to third on consecutive wild pitches. After junior Kelly McKeon walked, Kelly scored on a double steal when the throw went wild to second base. McKeon scored two batters later on a fielder’s choice by Schmidt to give the Dolphins a 2-0 lead.

In the Marist’s first inning, Melissa Giordano plated Marybeh Pomes with a double off junior Ashley Iveson to the left centerfield fence. Green followed with a single back up middle to score Giordano and tie the contest.

Freshman Kayla Shavers drew a leadoff walk to open JU’s fourth inning. Shavers moved to second on sophomore Jessica Abraham’s sacrifice bunt, while Morales followed with a walk. Junior Simone Bruemmer pinch hit and lifted a ball into right field that Green dropped, which loaded the bases. Shavers then scored on a passed ball before Kelly cleared the other two runners with a single to centerfield to give JU a 5-2 advantage. Novak plated Kelly with a single to left field to close out the inning.

In the fifth inning, Shavers got things started again with a leadoff single to centerfield. Shavers moved to third when the Red Foxes failed to get out Abraham on a sacrifice bunt attempt. Morales followed with a single to plate Shavers, while pinch runner Amber Moseley later scored on a wild pitch. Kelly drove home two more runs on a double and scored on a passed ball to close out the JU scoring.

The Dolphins look to stay on their current hot streak when they head to face Georgia Southern in a doubleheader on Tuesday starting at 4:30 p.m.