SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2009
Softball falls in the final inning to USF, 2-1
USF had three consecutive singles in the bottom of the seventh inning to plate the game-winning run and down the JU softball team, 2-1, on Sunday to close out the Under Armour Showcase in Clearwater, Fla.

The Bulls (23-11) trailed for most of the game until Britta Giddens homered to tie the game in fifth and Kendall Arnold singled home Gina Kalafas in the seventh inning for the victory.

Freshman Amanda Schmidt had two doubles and scored a run to pace the Dolphins (13-15) in the loss.

“That was a hard fought game on both sides,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “In the end, they were able to pull past us to get the win. I was proud of the way we performed all weekend. We grew up a lot this weekend and I hope we can keep improving like this so it will help us in conference.”

USF reliever Kristen Gordon (6-3) earned the win by holding the Dolphins to a hit and striking out four batters in 3.2 scoreless innings. Breen Spence allowed one run on four hits in 3.1 innings to get a no-decision.

Freshman Sarah Sigrest (8-7) took her first loss in the three starts at the showcase after being charged for two runs on eight hits and three strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

Freshman Brie Carmack had an RBI single, while junior Amber Moseley and sophomore Kat Engler each had a hit in the game.

In the second inning, Schmidt recorded a one-out double to left field off Spence. Freshman Melissa Morales flew out to right field in the next at-bat, but Kafalas overthrew the ball on the relay back to the infield which allowed Schmidt to advance to third. Carmack followed with single up the middle to plate Schmidt and give JU a 1-0 advantage.

Schmidt had another one-out double for JU in the fifth inning, Spence was lifted for Gordon, who struck out Morales in her first at-bat. Carmack drew a walk, but Gordon struck out Moseley to end the threat.

In the fifth inning, Engler led off with a single to left field. Sophomore Katie Kelly moved her to second on a sacrifice bunt, while a wild pitch advanced Engler to third. Monahan flew out to left fielder Kelly McCarver, who also gunned Engler out at the plate on the same play to keep JU off the board.

The Bulls finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning from a two-out home run by Giddens.

Sigrest opened the bottom of the seventh inning by striking out McCarver. The Bulls followed with consecutive singles by Kafalas and Janine Richardson. Sigrest was replaced by junior Ashley Iveson, while USF chose to send Arnold up as a pinch hitter. Richardon laced a ball in the left field gap to score Kafalas for the game-winning run.

The Dolphins kick off a busy spring break on Wednesday when they head to Tallahassee, Fla. to play Florida State. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.