WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2009
Softball shut out twice by No. 22 Florida State
No. 22 Florida State benefitted from an error on a sacrifice bunt in each game to sweep the JU softball team, 4-0 & 10-0 (5), in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday night in Tallahassee, Fla.

In the first game, the Dolphins (13-17) had an error on a sacrifice bunt in the third inning which led to a three-run home run by Karleigh Rafter. The Seminoles (22-8) used a throwing error in the second inning of game two en route to score three runs in their 10-0 win.

“This was a good learning experience,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “Our goal was to get a little bit better for conference play against a quality team like Florida State and I think we did that. Now, we have to play hard and apply what we have learned so far against two good teams in our conference starting on Friday.”

In game one, Terese Gober (14-5) earned the win for Florida State by striking out eight batters and allowing just one walk in the complete-game effort.

Freshman Sarah Sigrest (8-8) took the loss, despite fanning seven batters in the contest. Sigrest surrendered four runs (three earned) on five hits in six innings.

Seminole starter Sarah Hamilton (8-3) surrendered two hits and struck out six in four scoreless innings to get the game two win. Lauren Varsalona had a scoreless inning of relief in the fifth inning.

Sophomore Jackie Samuels (1-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits in two innings. Junior Ashley Iveson gave up seven runs on eight hits and three walks in 2.2 relief innings.

Offensively, junior Amber Moseley had a double for the Dolphins in the first game. Sophomore Katie Kelly and junior Shannon Monahan each recorded a hit in the second game.

In the first game, Kelly reached on a fielding effort by Ashley Stager to open the first inning. Kelly advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Monahan and then to third on senior Alexis Novak’s strikeout. Gober struck out junior Ashley Mora to end the JU scoring threat.

Moseley got a two-out double in the third inning after a dropped foul ball by Brittany Joseph. The Dolphins still couldn’t capitalize as Gober fanned freshman Kayla Shavers to end the inning.

Florida State’s Amber Bryant led off the third inning with a walk. Shayla Jackson had a sacrifice bunt attempt in the next at-bat that Sigrest misfielded allowing her to reach first and Bryant moved to second base. Sigrest got Carly Wynn to pop out to the catcher, but Rafter cleared the bases in the next at-bat to give the Seminoles a 3-0 advantage.

The Seminoles added insurance run in the sixth inning when Stager scored while Courtney Rosen was caught in a run down after her pinch-hit single.

Gober retired JU in order over the last four innings to secure the win for Florida State.

In game two, Stager led off the second inning with a bloop single to right center field. Kristie McConn laid down a sacrifice bunt in the next at-bat to Samuels, who under threw freshman Melissa Morales at first to allow Stager to score. McConn laid scored on a single by Joseph, while Jackson plated Alison Collins on a single to left field to give Florida State a 3-0 lead.

Kelly broke up three hitless frames with a lead off double to start the fourth inning. Monahan reached on an infield single that was knocked down by a diving Joseph at first, while Kelly advanced to third. After a strikeout to Novak, Kelly was gunned down at the plate on a double steal. Hamilton got Mora to ground out to quash the scoring threat.

Wynn helped put the game out of reach with a home run to cap off a seven-run seventh inning to close out the contest.

The Dolphins return home on Friday to host Florida Gulf Coast in an Atlantic Sun doubleheader starting at 5 p.m.