SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2009
Softball splits another set of games at USF Under Armour Showcase
The JU softball team scored six runs in the first two innings en route to a 9-3 win over Boston on Saturday at the USF Under Armour Showcase in Clearwater, Fla.

The Dolphins (13-14) opened the flood gates in second inning with four runs off a two-out error by the Terriers (12-5) to put themselves into the driver’s seat for the win.

Like in the first day of the showcase, the Dolphins dropped their second game to close out day after losing a 5-1 decision to No. 14 UMass.

The Minutewomen (11-5) plated two runs in the first and third innings, while Sara Plourde fanned 13 JU batters to get the win in the circle.

“Overall, this was a great day,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We put forth two good performances against two quality opponents. I loved how get took Boston out of the game early and I liked how we fought against UMass. Our goal is to continue this level of play against USF and hopefully close out the tournament on high note.”

Freshman Sarah Sigrest (8-6) earned her the win over Boston by allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and seven strikeouts in seven innings.

Boston starter Kelly Engman was tagged with the loss after surrendering nine runs (four earned) on 12 hits in 5.2 innings. Megan Currier struck out a batter in 1.1 innings of relief for the Terriers.

Offensively, juniors Ashley Mora and Shannon Monahan led the charge at the plate for the Dolphins in the first game. Mora went 3-for-3 with three RBI, while Monahan finished 3-for-5 with two RBI, two runs scored and a double. Senior Alexis Novak also had an RBI triple to help the Dolphins.

Plourde allowed just two hits and one run over seven innings to get the win for UMass in the second game.

Junior Brittany Abbott (1-3) took the loss for JU after allowing four runs on four hits in 2.2 innings. Junior Ashley Iveson closed out the game by holding the Minutewomen to just one run in 4.1 innings of relief.

Junior Amber Moseley had an RBI double to give the Dolphins their lone run of the game.

Against Boston, sophomore Katie Kelly roped a double to left center field on the first pitch of the game. Monahan followed with a single up the middle to score Kelly and advanced to second on the throw home. After moving to third on a ground out by Novak, Monahan scored on a single to left field by Mora to give JU a 2-0 advantage.

In the second inning, sophomore Kat Engler moved Moseley to second on a sacrifice bunt following her one-out single to left field. Kelly hit a ground ball to second baseman Emily Roesch, who committed a fielding error to allow Moseley to score and keep the inning alive for JU. Monahan plated Kelly on a double to center field in the next at-bat. Novak followed with a triple to right field to score Monahan, while Mora followed with an RBI single to extend the Dolphins lead to 6-0.

The Terriers finally got on the board in the third inning when they scored a run on a bases-load walk by Sigrest.

Rachel Moeller led off Boston’s fourth inning with a solo home run to left field, while Melissa Dubay had a run-scoring hit in the fifth inning to make it a 6-3 deficit for the Terriers.

Engler opened sixth inning getting hit by a pitch on the helmet, while Kelly followed with a single through the left side. After a fly out by Monahan, Novak walked to load the bases. Mora singled home Engler in the next-at bat to give JU a 7-3 lead. Freshman Amanda Schmidt popped out after Mora, but freshman Melissa Morales followed with a walk to load the bases again. Engman was lifted for Currier, who uncorked a wild pitch during freshman Brie Carmack’s at-bat that scored Novak and capped off the JU offense.

Sigrest retired six of the final seven Terrier batters to secure the win for JU.

Against UMass, Carly Normandin led off the game with a triple to center field for the Minutewomen. Whitney Williams drew a walk in the next at-bat and then stole second base. Whitney Mollica popped out to Moseley at first, but Sarah Reeves scored Normandin on a ground out in the next at-bat. Williams later scored on illegal pitch by Abbott to give UMass a 2-0 lead.

In the second inning, Morales reached on a hit by pitch with one out. Morales was forced out at second base in the next at-bat as Carmack reached on a fielder’s choice. Moseley doubled to left field, scoring Carmack and cutting the deficit to 2-1.

Normandin opened the UMass third inning with a line-drive single off the glove of Abbott. After a fly out, Mollica plated Normandin on a triple to right field. Reeves followed with a sacrifice fly to right field to give the Mintuewomen a 4-1 lead.

Plourde led the Minutewomen the rest of the way after holding the Dolphins to just one hit over the final four innings to get the win.

The Dolphins close out the USF Under Armour Showcase on Sunday against the host Bulls starting at noon.