WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2009
Softball defeats Bethune-Cookman, 1-0
Junior Ashley Iveson and freshman Sarah Sigrest combined for a solid pitching performance in the circle to lift the JU softball team past Bethune-Cookman, 1-0, in the regular-season finale on Wednesday afternoon at Sunnyland Park in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Iveson (10-10) improved on her career best in wins with four shutout innings for the Dolphins (24-29), while scattering four hits and striking out five. Sigrest held the Wildcats (15-33) hitless in the final three frames to get her second save of the season.

“I’m happy we got the win today,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “Overall, Ashley and Sarah pitched well in the circle and our defense was solid in the field. I didn’t like where were offensively in the game. The good thing is that we have a week and a half to smooth things out before we head the conference tournament for the most important games of the year.”

Offensively, sophomore Kat Engler paced the Dolphins with a 2-for-3 effort. The Dolphins outhit the Wildcats (5-4) in the game, but stranded eight runners in the contest.

The Wildcats got a two-out single from Ashley Taylor in the third inning. After Taylor stole second, Iveson got out of the jam by inducing a ground out from Ashton Hinds to keep the game scoreless.

With two outs in the fourth inning, junior Amber Moseley singled to centerfield off Bethune-Cookman starter and eventual losing pitcher Allie Garica. Engler followed with a ground ball to third that Sabrina Ferguson threw wide to first which allowed Moseley to score and give the Dolphins all the offense they needed.

Simone Ceasar threatened for the Wildcats in the bottom of the inning when she lead off with an infield single to first and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Celsey Tafoya. Garica singled to right in the next at-bat to try to score Ceasar, but senior Alexis Novak threw her out at the plate to keep the Bethune-Cookman off the board.

After the fourth inning scare, Sigrest retired the Wildcats in order over the final three innings to secure the victory.

Garica (11-23) allowed one unearned run on five hits and six strikeouts in seven innings of work in the loss for the Wildcats.

The Dolphins will spend the next week preparing for the Atlantic Sun Tournament in DeLand, Fla., starting on May 7. JU is the No. 4 seed and will play either Mercer or Lipscomb in the first game of the double elimination tournament.