TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009
Softball sweeps Brown in non-conference action, 11-1 (5) & 3-2 (8)
Junior Ashley Mora batted 4-for-7 with two triples and six RBI, while junior Ashley Iveson picked up two wins in the circle to lead the JU softball team to a doubleheader sweep over Brown, 11-1 (5) & 3-2 (8), on Tuesday night at the JU Softball Complex.

The Dolphins (15-21) broke the longest losing streak of the season in game one with an 11-run, 11-hit effort to down the Bears (4-8) for the win. Mora batted 3-for-3 with a double, triple and four RBI to pace the Dolphins.

In game two, the Bears had a 2-0 lead with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning until Mora had another triple-plating two runs and sending the game into extra innings. JU won the game the eighth inning when junior Kelly McKeon drew a bases-loaded walk off Emily Chaddock to help get the sweep.

“This is exactly how we needed to start the week,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “I loved how we were aggressive in the first game to break our dry spell. We didn’t bat as hot the second game, but I was pleased with our great defense and our ability to keep it close so we could get a chance to win it in the end Overall, we need to keep this going when we head to Nashville for our conference games on Friday.”

Iveson (5-7) picked up both wins in the circle for JU. In game one, she allowed one run on two hits and fanned three batters in five innings. Iveson surrendered a run on three hits in 2.1 relief innings to get the victory in game two.

Freshman Sarah Sigrest fanned six batters, while allowing one run on four hits to get a no-decision in the night cap.

Brown starter Michelle Moses (3-2) took the loss in game one by allowing 11 runs (nine earned) on 11 hits in four innings, while Chaddock (0-3) shouldered the loss in game two after issuing three walks which led to the game-winning run.

Jessica Iwasaki got a no-decision in the night cap after being just one out away from a shutout win. She allowed two runs on five hits and had five strikeouts in 6.2 innings.

Freshmen Brie Carmack and Melissa Morales along with sophomores Kat Engler and Katie Kelly each finished the twin bill with multiple hits for the Dolphins. Carmack also had a three-run triple in the first game to go along with JU’s five extra-base hits on the day.

In the first inning of game one, junior Shannon Monahan drew a one-out walk, while senior Alexis Novak got hit by a pitch in the next at-bat. Mora followed with a triple in the right center field gap to score them both to give JU a 2-0 lead. Mora scored on the next play when she beat a throw to home by the shortstop on a fielder’s choice hit by freshman Amanda Schmidt. Schmidt later scored on a wild pitch to make it a 4-0 advantage for the Dolphins.

Kelly and Monahan hit back-to-back singles to lead off the second inning. After Novak reach on an error to load the bases, Mora plated two runs with a single to center field. The Dolphins make it 7-0 later in the inning when Morales plated Novak on a sacrifice fly to center field.

The Bears got a two-out homer off the left field fair pole in the third inning from Danielle Comissiong, but Carmack had a bases-clearing triple in the fourth and Iveson retired the final seven batters in order to secure the win for JU.

Trailing 2-0 in the seventh inning of game two, junior Kelly McKeon led off the inning with a single up the middle. She was cut down at second on the next at-bat when Kate Strobel threw over to get the force out on the fielder’s choice hit by Engler. Kelly followed with another fielder’s choice hit to third, but Engler beat the throw to put runners on first and second for JU. After a pop out to Monahan, Mora tripled to the right center field to score both runners and tie the game.

Iwasaki was lifted for Chaddock, who walked Schmidt in the first batter she faced. Chaddock got Morales to ground out and send the game into extra innings.

In the eighth inning, Andrea Browne slipped a lead off bunt past the Dolphins’ defense and advance Sandra Mastrangelo to third, who started at second base because of the international tiebreaker rule.

Iveson was cool under pressure as she got Strobel to pop out, while Chaddock lined into a double play to end the inning.

Schmidt reached on a fielder’s choice to start the Dolphins’ eighth after the Bears failed to get Morales at third base on the hit. Brummer was intentionally walked to load the bases to create a force attempt, but Chaddock lost a 3-1 count to McKeon to plate the game-winning run on a walk for the Dolphins.

The Bears had a 1-0 lead in the contest after Strobel brought home Mastrangelo on a shallow single to center field in the fourth inning. Brown got an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning when pinch hitter Jackie Giovanniello recorded a two-out double on a 3-2 pitch from Iveson to plate Trish Melvin from first base.

The Dolphins head back into A-Sun play starting Friday in Nashville, Tenn. for a doubleheader against Belmont at 2 p.m. EST. JU closes the Music City swing with a twin bill against Lipscomb on Saturday at 3 p.m. EST.