TUESDAY, APRIL 07, 2009
Softball splits doubleheader with Florida A&M
Junior Shannon Monahan, sophomore Kat Engler and freshman Amanda Schmidt each had two RBI to lead the JU softball team to a 10-1 game one win over Florida A&M on Tuesday night in Tallahassee, Fla.

Schmidt had a solo home run in the second inning for the Dolphins (19-25) to help ignite their 14-hit attack in the victory.

The Lady Rattlers (16-25) held the Dolphins in check in the nightcap with five hit, complete-game effort from Amanda Reyes and had a RBI double from Megan Moore to get a 1-0 victory.

“I loved how we came out swinging in the first game,” said head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We did everything we didn’t do in last night’s doubleheader. Unfortunately, we came out flat in the second game and Florida A&M wanted it more than we did. We have to find our groove again as we head back into the conference schedule on Friday.”

Junior Ashley Iveson (7-8) earned the game one win, striking out five and allowing a run on two hits in five innings. Junior Brittany Abbott allowed one hit and fanned two batters in two scoreless innings of relief to close out the contest.

Florida A&M starter Melissa Oliphant (5-3) took the loss after surrendering 10 runs (four earned) on 14 hits and two strikeouts in seven innings of work.

Offensively, junior Amber Moseley paced the Dolphins by going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Monahan, Engler, Schmidt and sophomore Katie Kelly each finished with multiple hits.

Reyes (11-15) was perfect for the first three innings and worked out of two different one-out bases-loaded jams to get the game two win.

Freshman Sarah Sigrest (10-13) was tagged with the loss for JU after allowing one run on three hits and fanning five in six innings.

Freshman Kayla Shavers led the Dolphins in the second game at the plate with a pair of hits. Moseley, Kelly and Monahan each tallied a hit in the loss.

In game one, Schmidt gave the Dolphins a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a leadoff homer to center field.

The Dolphins plated five runs in the third inning to take a 6-0 advantage. Kelly opened with the single to left field, but was cut down at second on a fielder’s choice hit by Monahan in the next at-bat. Monahan advanced to second on an error by the shortstop from a hit by junior Ashley Mora. After Monahan moved to third on a wild pitch, Schmidt brought her home with a single through the left side. Freshman Brie Carmack followed with a single to right field to load the bases.

Freshman Melissa Morales plated Mora on an infield single to third base, while Schmidt scored on junior Kelly Mckeon’s bases-loaded walk to give JU a 4-0 lead. Engler capped off the inning with a two-run single to center field to score Morales and McKeon.

In the fourth inning, Kelly led off with a single to center field. Monahan doubled home Kelly in the next at-bat, but was thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple. Mora followed with a double to left center field. After a fly out by Schmidt, Mora scored on throwing error by the catcher to make it an 8-0 lead on a dropped third strike on Carmack’s at-bat.

The Lady Rattlers got on the board in the fourth inning with a solo home run by Oliphant off Iveson.

In the seventh inning, Moseley scored on a two-out error by the shortstop, while Monahan plated Engler on a single to left field to give the Dolphins a 10-1 advantage.

Iveson and Abbott combined to hold the Lady Rattlers to just three hits over the final four innings to secure the win.

In game two, the Lady Rattlers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a two-out double to center field from Moore to plate Ashley Jones from first.

Kelly and Monahan opened the third inning with consecutive infield singles. Reyes settled down to get back-to-back force outs at third and a ground out by Morales to end the Dolphins’ scoring threat.

In the fifth inning, Shavers led off for JU with a single to center and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by McKeon in the next at-bat. Moseley pushed her to third with a single to left, while Engler followed with a walk to load the bases. Reyes got Kelly to pop out to shortstop. Monahan followed with another infield fly that fell in between the Lady Rattlers, but Moseley bumped into the shortstop during the play for a runner’s interference call that ended the inning.

Schmidt was hit by a pitch with one out in the sixth inning. Morales reached on a fielding error in the next at-bat, while Shavers followed with a hit to right field to load the bases. Reyes would come up big again as she recorded consecutive infield pop out to quash the potential rally.

Reyes sat down the Dolphins in order in the seventh inning to get the win.

The Dolphins continue their long week on Friday when they host Mercer for an Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader at the JU Softball Complex. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.