SUNDAY, APRIL 05, 2009
Softball preps for pivotal week starting Monday
This week will make or break the season for the JU softball team as they participate in four doubleheaders in less than six days starting on Monday.

The Dolphins (18-22, 3-7 A-Sun) open the long week against A-Sun and cross-town rival UNF at the JU Softball Complex. First pitch is slated for 4:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, the Dolphins head out of town to face Florida A&M at 4 p.m. in Tallahassee, Fla. before jumping back into the conference schedule on Friday at home against Mercer, beginning at 4 p.m. JU wraps the week and the home schedule vs. Kennesaw State the next day at 1 p.m.

Six of JU’s final 10 A-Sun games will take place this week and may help determine whether or not they will earn a spot at the conference tournament in DeLand, Fla. on May 7-9.

“This week, we are going to find out how mentally tough we are,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “Eight games in six days is a very tough task. This is another important week and we can’t let up for a minute.”

JU enters the week having won five of its last six games. The Dolphins opened the stretch with doubleheader sweeps over Brown (3/24) and at Belmont (3/27).

They earned a 2-1 win in the first game of a twin bill at Lipscomb in Nashville, but the Bisons picked a 1-0 victory in the second game on a two out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh inning to stop the Dolphins’ streak.

Junior Ashley Mora was the catalyst to the Dolphins’ success after batting .524 (11-21) with six runs scored, three doubles, two triples and 11 RBI. She had a career-high four RBI in the first win against Brown and recorded a career-best four hits at Belmont to start the Nashville road trip.

In the circle, junior Ashley Iveson posted a flawless record en route to A-Sun “Pitcher of the Week” honors. The Kissimmee, Fla. native tallied a 3-0 mark with a 2.02 ERA in five appearances and three starts to help pace the Dolphins. She also struck out 10 batters in 17.1 innings, while allowing a staff-low 15 hits and five earned runs.

All of the Dolphins’ home contests are slated to be on A-Sun.TV through JUDolphins.com, pending any bad weather.