FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2009
Softball swept in A-Sun doubleheader by Florida Gulf Coast
Florida Gulf Coast came out swinging a hot bat and never looked back to sweep the JU softball team in an Atlantic Sun doubleheader on Friday night at the JU Softball Complex.

The Eagles (32-4, 2-0 A-Sun) extended their winning to 24 games with a 20-run, 18-hit effort to take the first game, 20-3. They used a 10-run sixth inning for a 19-2 victory to close out the doubleheader.

The Dolphins (13-19, 0-4 A-Sun) committed nine errors between the two games which led to 21 unearned runs.

“I’m disappointed in how we played tonight,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “Our pitching has to get stronger for us to compete in this conference and we have to put forth a better defensive effort as well. Overall, we have to put these two losses out of our minds immediately because we have to get ready for Stetson in the morning.”

Eagles’ starter Catherine McDaniel (13-0) earned the win in game one by allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits in five innings.

Freshman Sarah Sigrest (8-9) took the loss after surrendering 11 runs (four earned) on 10 hits and three walks in 2.2 innings. Sophomore Jackie Samuels allowed nine runs (six earned) on eight hits and four walks in 2.1 relief innings.

Offensively, junior Amber Moseley had a run-scoring double in the third inning, while senior Alexis Novak added a two-run double in the fifth inning for JU.

In game two, Morgan Campen (1-0) got her first win of the season for the Eagle by allowing two runs on six hits and striking out five in four innings. Dana Frantz closed out the game with two scoreless innings of relief.

Junior Ashley Iveson (3-6) was tagged with the loss for JU after allowing 18 runs (eight earned) on 13 hits in 5.2 innings. Junior Brittany Abbott gave up an unearned run on two hits in a brief relief appearance in the sixth inning.

Freshman Amanda Schmidt recorded her first collegiate home run, a two-run shot, to pace the Dolphins in the night cap.

Leading 1-0 in the game one, the Eagles got three consecutive two-out home runs from Jessica Paez, Cheyenne Jenks and Samantha Waldron for a seven-run second inning, which was extended by a JU error.

Freshman Brie Carmack got on base on a two-out error from Paez in the bottom of the second inning for the Dolphins. After a walk to freshman Melissa Morales, Moseley doubled home Carmack to make it an 8-1 ballgame.

The Eagles make their lead unreachable in the third inning by adding four runs on five hits to take a 12-1 lead. Florida Gulf Coast added four runs on two outs in the fourth and five runs in the fifth inning to cap up all the offense.

Trailing 7-0 in game two, junior Ashley Mora tallied a one-out single to left field for the Dolphins in the fourth inning. Schmidt followed with a home run over the left field fence to put JU on the board. Carmack doubled in the next at-bat, while Morales followed with a single up the middle to move her to third. Campen settled down by getting the next two JU batters to end the scoring threat.

Florida Gulf Coast plated two runs in the fifth inning and added 10 runs (five unearned) in the sixth to secure the doubleheader sweep.

The Dolphins look to bounce back tomorrow against Stetson in an Atlantic Sun doubleheader at the JU Softball Complex. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.