MONDAY, MARCH 09, 2009
Softball sweeps Liberty in a doubleheader, 2-1 & 6-4
The JU softball team benefitted from an error late in the first game and had a two-run, home run in the night cap to sweep Liberty, 2-1 & 6-4, in a doubleheader on Monday night at the JU Softball Complex.

The Dolphins (11-12) picked up the game one win when junior Amber Moseley scored the game-winning score on a ground ball by sophomore Katie Kelly that was thrown away.

In game two, junior Shannon Monahan homered in the sixth inning to break up a 4-4 tie, while junior Ashley Iveson pitched out of a jam in the seventh inning to help the Dolphins sink the Lady Flames (4-11) for the second consecutive game.

“Those were two quality wins,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “I like how our team responded tonight after our losses to Campbell. We got back to playing our game and that is what we need to do each time out.”

Freshman Sarah Sigrest (6-6) earned the win for JU in game one after allowing one unearned run on seven hits and three strikeouts in seven innings.

Liberty starter Tiffani Smith (3-4) was tagged with the loss by surrendering two runs (one earned) on seven hits and four strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

Iveson (3-5) gave up one hit in 1.2 scoreless relief innings to get the win in game two. Sophomore Jackie Samuels allowed three hits in a season-best four scoreless relief frames, while junior Brittany Abbott surrendered four runs (two earned) on three hits in 1.1 innings to start.

Sarah Ellis (1-7) took the loss for the Lady Flames in game two after allowing six runs (five earned) and walking six batters in 5.1 innings.

Monahan finished the doubleheader with going 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI. Moseley and Mora also finished with multiple hits between the contests.

In game one, Jenny Law reached on a fielding error by Monahan to open the Lady Flames’ third inning. After a sacrifice bunt moved her to second, Law was brought home on a single by Danielle Howard to give Liberty a 1-0 advantage.

Freshman Kayla Shavers pinch hit for Engler in the fifth inning and drew a leadoff walk from Smith. Engler reentered the game and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kelly in the next at-bat. After moving to third on a wild pitch, Monahan plated Engler on a RBI groundout to second to tie the game for JU.

In the seventh inning, Moseley led off with a single to center field. Sophomore Kat Engler moved Moseley to second on sacrifice bunt in the next at-bat. Kelly followed with a ground ball to second baseman Cassie Hendrix that she threw away, allowing Moseley to score the game-winning run.

In game two, Law opened the first inning by reaching on a fielder error by Monahan. Law moved to second in the next at-bat on a sacrifice bunt from J’Nae Jefferson. After a walk and a single to load the bases, Kaylee West plated Law with a sacrifice fly to right field for the early lead.

In JU’s first inning, Monahan reached on a one-out walk. Novak followed by advancing Monahan to third on a single to right field. Mora plated Monahan in next at-bat with a single to center field, while Novak scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman Melissa Morales to right field to give JU a 2-1 lead.

Liberty answered with a two-run double by Amber Pasquale and an RBI single from Jefferson in the second inning to take a 4-2 advantage.

The lead would be short lived as the Dolphins tied the game on a bases-loaded fielder choice error in the bottom of the second inning.

After three scoreless innings, Ellis would get Engler to ground out to start the JU sixth inning. Ellis’ command got away from her as she walked Kelly on four pitches and fell behind Monahan with three straight balls. After a called strike, Monahan laced Ellis’ next pitch over the center field fence to give the Dolphins a 6-4 lead.

Iveson opened the seventh inning with a ground out, but allowed a single to McMillon and issued a walk to West. Beth Bennett popped up a ball in front of pitchers’ circle, which dropped between Iveson and Bruemmer because of miscommunication. Bennett was ruled out due to the infield fly rule, but the runners moved to second and third. Iveson struck out Kelly Strickland in the next at-bat to quash the threat and secure the win.

The Dolphins head out of town to compete in the USF Under Armour Classic on Friday in Clearwater, Fla. JU opens with Loyola Marymount at 11 a.m. before finishing the first day with Central Michigan at 4 p.m.