MONDAY, APRIL 06, 2009
Softball drops doubleheader to UNF, 4-0 & 3-2 (8)
Junior Ashley Iveson fanned a career-best 13 batters and junior Amber Moseley had her first career home run, but UNF took both games of a Atlantic Sun doubleheader over the JU softball team, 4-0 & 3-2 (8), on Monday night at the JU Softball Complex.
Trailing 2-0 in game two, Moseley tallied a two out, two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game for the Dolphins (18-24, 3-9 A-Sun) and send it into extra innings. The Ospreys (20-22, 7-7) killed the momentum by scoring a run in the next inning, while Shania Dent closed out the game with a flawless bottom of the eighth to get the win.
In game one, the Ospreys had the leadoff batter reach in four consecutive innings, which led to all of their runs for the victory.
“I was happy with the way we fought in the second game,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “In the end, we just couldn’t get our bats to come alive. I was not pleased with the way we come out in the first game. We have to forget about these losses quickly because we still have three tough teams to face this week.”
Dent (10-5) earned the game two win for UNF after allowing just three hits and striking out three in eight innings of work.
Iveson (6-8) took the loss in game two, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits in eight innings. Her 13 strikeouts fell one shy of the school record 14 set by Katie Dobson in 2004. She also pitched 3.1 hitless frames to start the game.
In game one, UNF starter Devyn Findley earned the victory by striking out five and scattering eight hits for the complete-game shutout.
Freshman Sarah Sigrest (10-12) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) on 10 hits in seven innings.
Offensively, freshman Amanda Schmidt paced the Dolphins with a 4-for-5 effort and a double in the twin bill. Seven different Dolphins finished the two games with a hit.
In game two, UNF’s Ashley Battaglia had a one-out single back to Ashley Iveson in the third inning. Iveson hit Kara Rutenbar with a pitch in the next at-bat, but managed to strike out Airen Payne. Amanda Moseley, younger sister of JU’s Amber Moseley, drove a 0-2 pitch into left field to score pinch runner Nicolette Chimato from second and give the Ospreys a 1-0 lead.
The Ospreys took a 2-0 advantage when Battaglia scored on a two-out error by sophomore Katie Kelly after she doubled two batters earlier. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Schmidt led off with a single to left field. Freshman Melissa Morales struck out in the next at-bat, while Schmidt was cut down at second on a fielder’s choice hit by freshman Brie Carmack. Moseley followed with a home run to left field to move the game into extra innings.
The Ospreys went on the attack to open the eighth inning as Ariana Godwin drew a leadoff walk and then stole second base. Goodwn advanced to third base on an infield single by Battaglia to Kelly. Rutenbar followed with a ground ball that Kelly knocked down, but provided enough room for Goodwin to score the go-ahead run. Payne walked to load the bases in the next at-bat, but Iveson wiggled out of the jam with consecutive strike outs and a pop out to end the threat.
Iveson’s momentum wouldn’t carry over as Dent retired the Dolphins in order to get the win.
In game one, the Ospreys took a 1-0 lead in the second inning from a two-out single by Caroline Torre to plate Rutenbar.
Payne gave UNF a 2-0 advantage in the fourth inning with a home run to left field.
In the fifth inning, Laura Williams reached on a fielder error by Kelly. Britanie Block followed with a single, while Godwin advanced the runners to second and third on a sacrifice bunt to third. Battaglia singled home Williams to make it a 3-0 contest. The Ospreys capped off the inning with Block scoring a on a suicide squeeze bunt down the first base line from Rutenbar.
The Dolphins had runners on second or third in three different innings with two outs, but Findley got the final out each time to keep them off the board.
JU will look to rebound tomorrow as they head to Tallahassee, Fla. for a non-conference doubleheader against Florida A&M. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.