SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2009
Softball comes up short in doubleheader against Stetson, 3-2 & 3-0
The Dolphins’ defensive woes continue as Stetson scored on three different errors to sweep the JU softball team, 3-2 & 3-0, in an Atlantic Sun doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at the JU Softball Complex.

The Hatters (18-13, 2-0 A-Sun) scored two runs off two errors in the first game and held off a late rally to get the win. Jessica Lokeinsky had a RBI double and a home run in the second game to compete the sweep for Stetson.

Despite coming up short in the first game, the Dolphins (13-21, 0-6) had RBI singles from freshman Melissa Morales and Brie Carmack, while junior Ashley Iveson fanned 10 batters. JU was held to just two hits in the second game to drop the twin bill.

The Dolphins finished the last two doubleheaders allowing 24 unearned runs on 12 errors to close out the week.

“At worst, we should have split that doubleheader,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We gave away the first game to them. Right now, we have to find a way to make the routine plays if we want to be successful in conference play. I am confident that we can erase this in the next few days and get back to playing at our level.”

Stetson starter Amanda Lindsey (9-6) allowed two runs on eight hits in seven innings to get the win in game one. Lindsey also had a solo home run in the fifth to help her own cause.

Iveson (3-7) took the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits in seven innings of work.

Morales along with senior Alexis Novak finished to two hits apiece to help give the Dolphins a game-high eight for the contest.

In game two, Erica Demers (8-7) fanned eight and allowed two hits to earn the complete-game shutout win for Stetson.

Freshman Sarah Sirgrest (8-10) was tagged with the loss for the JU after allowing three runs (two earned) on 10 hits and six strikeouts in seven innings.

Offensively, sophomore Katie Kelly went 2-for-3 at the plate to pace the Dolphins.

In game one, Stetson’s Amy Joyce led off the third inning with a walk and then stole second. Andrea Migliori followed with a walk and was pinch run for by Jillian Masucci. Lindsey moved both runners up a sacrifice bunt in the next at-bat. Chelsey Trotto tried to bunt home Joyce, but Morales threw her out at the plate to put two away in the inning. Junior Kelly McKeon dropped a fly ball in left field by Carolyn Boyd in the following at-bat, which allowed Masucci to score for the 1-0 advantage.

Lindsey gave the Hatters a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning with a leadoff home run to centerfield. After consecutive walks, Katie Lawrence grounded a ball back to Iveson, who overthrew Morales at third base trying to get the lead runner to give the Hatters another run.

In the sixth inning, Novak legged out a leadoff infield single for the Dolphins. She advanced to second base on the next at-bat from a single down the right field line by junior Ashley Mora. After a groundout moved both runners up, Morales single back up the middle to score Novak. Carmack made it a one-run deficit at 3-2 in the next at-bat by plating Mora on a single to right field. Junior Simone Brummer, who pinch hit for junior Amber Moseley, followed with a walk to load bases. Lindsey quashed the rally with a ground out to sophomore Kat Engler.

The Dolphins got a leadoff single by Kelly to start the seventh inning. Unfortunately, Kelly was forced out at second after junior Shannon Monahan grounded back to the pitcher for a fielder’s choice. Lindsey followed with two more outs to secure the win for Stetson.

In game two, the Hatters got a two-out RBI double from Lokeinsky in the third inning to take a 1-0 lead.

Joyce led off the fifth inning with a single, while Migliori followed with a walk. Lindsey hit a shallow pop fly to left center field in the next at-bat that Monahan couldn’t make an over the shoulders catch on for the out. Kelly picked up the loose ball and tried to get Joyce at third, but the throw got away from Morales, allowing the Hatters to pick up another unearned run.

Lokeinsky capped off the Hatter scoring with a home run to left field in the seventh inning, while Demers retired the final five batters to get the win for Stetson.

The Dolphins will look to break this recent skid on Tuesday when they host Brown University in a non-conference doubleheader at the JU Softball Complex. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.