FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2009
Softball splits twin bill with Mercer
The JU softball team took advantage on several miscues to down Mercer, 5-1, in game two of an Atlantic Sun doubleheader on Friday night at the JU Softball Complex.

The Dolphins (20-26, 4-10 A-Sun) benefitted from four Bears’ (28-13, 7-3) errors in the second inning to take a 4-0 advantage. In the next inning, JU used a couple of bunts and another error to score a run, while freshman Sarah Sigrest kept Mercer off balance in the circle to secure the win.

In game one, the Bears earned a 3-0 win after scoring all of their runs with two outs in the fifth inning and having Jenni Holtz hold the Dolphins to just two hits in the contest.

“I’m glad with the way we responded in game two tonight,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “Mercer is a good team and that was a big split for us. Hopefully we can carry the momentum f game two into the Kennesaw State doubleheader tomorrow.”

Sigrest (11-13) allowed one run on five hits and fanned three batters to get the complete-game win in game one. Her win total also puts her in a tie for fourth on JU’s single season list with Katie Dobson (2003-06).

Mercer starter Lacey Richardson (9-6) was tagged with the loss after allowing four unearned runs on two hits in two innings of work.

Offensively, junior Ashley Mora had two hits to lead the Dolphins at the plate, while junior Shannon Monahan had a two-run single in JU’s second inning.

Holtz (18-6) fanned six batters in seven innings to get the shutout win for the Bears in game one.

Junior Ashley Iveson (7-9) took the loss for JU, surrendering three runs (two earned) on eight hits and five strikeouts in seven innings.

Senior Alexis Novak and junior Amber Moseley had the lone hits for JU in game one.

In the second inning of game two, freshmen Amanda Schmidt and Kayla Shavers each reached on a fielder error to start the Dolphins’ offensive half. Moseley followed with a walk to load the bases. Freshman Melissa Morales hit into the infield fly rule with a pop fly to the pitcher in the next at-bat, but Richardson dropped the ball which allowed Schmidt to score. Junior Simone Bruemmer pinch hit in the following at-bat and drove in Shavers with a single to left. Sophomore Katie Kelly reached on a fielder’s choice after the single by Bruemmer to load the bases again. Monahan followed with a hit to center field that scored Moseley and Engler for the 4-0 lead.

The Dolphins opened the third inning with consecutive bunt singles by Mora and Schmidt off Holtz. Shavers reached first on the next at-bat by an error on her sacrifice bunt attempt, but the Bears made up for it by gunning out an overachieving Mora at home plate. Despite getting Moseley to fly out to center, the Bears made another error as Stacey Condra’s throw went wide of the plate to allow Schmidt to score and give JU a 5-0 advantage.

The Bears got on the board in the fifth inning with a two-out home run from Cassie Neilson, but Sigrest allowed just one more hit over the final three innings to secure the win for JU.

With the game one scoreless in the fifth, Mercer’s Allison Jones recorded a one-out single up the middle. After a fly out by Neilson, Iveson issued a four-pitch walk to pinch hitter Emi Sherrill. Iveson had an 0-2 count to Holly Olgesbee, but left the next pitch over the plate that she drove to left center for a two-run double. Olgesbee also went to third on the play on an error by Schmidt and scored in the next at-bat from a successful suicide squeeze bunt by Jenna Ellis to give Mercer a 3-0 lead.

Holtz took over from that point by retiring the Dolphins in order over the final three frames to get the victory.

The Dolphins try to gain more ground in the A-Sun standings tomorrow when the host Kennesaw State for a conference doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. This contest is also Senior Day for the Dolphins as they will be honoring Novak and Bruemmer in a special pregame ceremony.