THURSDAY, MARCH 05, 2009
Softball opens Atlantic Sun play with Campbell on Friday
The JU softball team will look to get a leg up in the A-Sun standings when they host Campbell in a doubleheader to open the conference schedule on Friday at 5 p.m.
The Dolphins (9-10) enter the twin bill winners of six of their last seven games, while the Camels (14-5) ride a three-game winning streak into the JU Softball Complex.
Friday’s doubleheader marks the 13th and 14th games in the series between the two schools since the Dolphins began the program in 2003.
Campbell holds a 7-5 advantage over the JU after sweeping a doubleheader last season, but the Dolphins have won three of the last five meetings at home, including rallying back from eight runs to earn an 11-10 win in 2007.
“We are happy to be starting conference,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “Conference play always brings a higher level of intensity. Campbell is a tough test right off the bat and I believe this is going to be two extremely tough games on Friday night.”
Last time out, the Dolphins rallied with a 4-3 win in extra innings of game two to split a doubleheader with Georgia Southern at Eagle Field on Tuesday.
Freshman Kayla Shavers had the game-winning single in the ninth inning to plate junior Ashley Mora, while freshman Sarah Sigrest pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to close out the win.
Currently, sophomore Katie Kelly is still pacing the Dolphins’ offense with an.415 (27-65) average to go along with a team-high seven doubles and 11 RBI. Sigrest tops the pitching staff in strikeouts (59), ERA (2.04), innings pitched (65.1) and appearances (14).
The Camels enter the JU Softball Complex following a doubleheader sweep at Bethune Cookman (7-0 & 6-0) on Tuesday in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Karlie Love paces the Camel offense by hitting .464 (26-56) with four doubles, nine home runs and 31 RBI, while Christina Melton leads the pitchers with a 6-2 record, 42 strikeouts and a 1.42 ERA in 41 innings.