MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2009
Softball finishes regular season on the road starting Tuesday
The JU softball team looks to secure an Atlantic Sun Tournament berth the hard way as the Dolphins finish the regular season on the road starting on Tuesday.

The Dolphins (21-27, 5-11 A-Sun) open the week against Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach, Fla. for a single game at 4 p.m. JU faces USC Upstate on Friday for a conference doubleheader in Spartanburg, S.C. and finish the schedule with East Tennessee State the next day in Johnson City, Tenn.

Currently, the Dolphins are tied for fifth against the teams eligible for the A-Sun Tournament. The top six teams in the standings will earn a spot for the conference tournament in DeLand, Fla. starting May 7.

“This is a big week for us,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We have a chance to wrap up one of the better non-conference records in school history with a good result at Bethune-Cookman. Later in the week, we have a chance to not only solidify a spot in the conference tournament, but also play for good seeding. We have to play well this week so we can finish on a high note.”

JU enters the final week of the season following a grueling schedule of four doubleheaders in less than six days.

After falling in a doubleheader to open the week, the JU softball team bounced back with three consecutive splits over Florida A&M, Mercer and Kennesaw State to stay in the hunt for an A-Sun Tournament berth.

Freshman Amanda Schmidt led the Dolphins at the plate after going 10-for-23 (.435) with a double, a home run, four runs scored and three RBI.

Schmidt opened the week going 4-for-5 with an RBI in the doubleheader against UNF. She had a solo home run and a run-scoring single to spark JU’s 10-1 win at Florida A&M on April 7. Schmidt scored twice in the game two victory over Mercer on April 10 and had the game-winning single against Kennesaw State the next day to close out the week.

Junior Ashley Iveson had two of JU’s wins in the circle, including a two-hit shutout against the Owls to close out the week.