FRIDAY, MARCH 06, 2009
Softball swept by Campbell in Atlantic Sun opener
Campbell put on an offensive display to sweep the JU softball team, 10-0 & 11-0, in a doubleheader to open Atlantic Sun Conference play on Friday night at the JU Softball Complex.

The Camels (16-5, 2-0 A-Sun) produced 21 runs on 22 hits, while extending their streak of holding an opponent scoreless to 30 innings. Campbell third baseman Robin Leathers paved the way for offensive onslaught after smashing three home runs and driving in eight runs in the doubleheader.

The Dolphins (9-12, 0-2) were held to just six hits between the two games and committed a season-high five errors in the second game.

“There are only two things to say about tonight,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “Campbell put on the best hitting display by any team that I have ever seen, while our team put forth one of the worst performances since I have been here. We just have to chalk this one up as a learning experience and move on. I know that we will put this one behind us and improve from it.”

Camels’ pitcher Christina Melton (7-2) won the first game by striking out five and allowing four hits in five scoreless innings. She also went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a RBI to help her cause.

Junior Ashley Iveson (2-5) took the loss in the first game, allowing five runs on three hits and three walks in an inning of work. Sophomore Jackie Samuels surrendered three runs on five hits in 1.2 innings, while junior Brittany Abbott allowed three runs in 2.1 relief innings.

Brittany Stanley (3-1) earned the win in game two for the Camels by scattering two hits and fanning five batters in five innings.

JU freshman Sarah Sigrest (5-6) was tagged with the loss after giving up nine runs (six earned) on seven hits and four walks in 3.2 innings.

Offensively, senior Alexis Novak posted a hit in each game to lead the Dolphins, while sophomore Melissa Morales tallied a double in the first game.

In game one, Stanley recorded a two-out, three-run home run to left field in the top of the first inning to give the Camels an early advantage.

After two quick outs in JU’s first inning, Novak single to left field and advance to second on an error by Lizzie Goldbach. The Dolphins loaded the bases in the next two at-bats with consecutive walks to freshman Brie Carmack and junior Ashley Mora, but Melton stuck out freshman Amanda Schmidt to end the threat.

The Camels put two more runs on the board in the second inning on run-scoring singles to take a 5-0 lead.

Morales doubled to left centerfield with one out in the Dolphins’ second inning. After a strikeout and a walk, junior Shannon Monahan singled to right field, but Morales was gunned down at the plate by Hillary Wheatley to keep JU off the scoreboard.

Leathers homered to lead off the third inning and followed it up with a three-run jack in the fourth inning to close out Campbell’s

In game two, the Camels scoring didn’t slow down any as they took a 2-0 lead in the first inning from a sacrifice fly by Melton and a run-scoring single from Stanley.

Campbell had a RBI single from Karlie Love in the second before putting the game out of reach with a six-run fourth inning to take 9-0 lead.

Leathers hit a grand slam in the inning, while Wheatley followed a batter later with a solo shot of her own. Wheatley also drove in two runs on a single in the fifth inning to round out the offense for the night.

The Dolphins look to get back in the win column on Monday when they host Liberty for a doubleheader at the JU Softball Complex. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.