THURSDAY, MAY 07, 2009
Softball eliminated by No. 1 seed Campbell at A-Sun Tournament, 5-1
The Dolphins fought hard, but couldn’t overcome the Camel’s offensive attack that led No. 1 seed Campbell to a 5-1 victory over the No. 4 seed JU softball team on Thursday night at the Atlantic Sun Tournament in DeLand, Fla.
The Camels (35-17) got a leadoff home run by Robin Leathers to spark a three-run fourth inning and plated two more runs with two outs in the sixth inning to secure the win.
Freshman Amanda Schmidt double home senior Alexis Novak in the fourth for the Dolphins (24-31), but JU couldn’t get any closer in the contest.
With the loss, the Dolphins are eliminated from the tournament after falling for the second time today.
“I’m a little disappointed how this turned out,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “Despite the losses, I was really satisfied with the way our team played like they had been at the conference tournament before. We hit our goal making the tournament this year and I hope that we can build off this to become one of the forces in the conference”
Camels’ starter Brittany Stanley (17-4) earned the win in the circle after allowing a run on four hits and fanning seven batters in seven innings of work.
JU freshman Sarah Sigrest (12-16) took the loss, surrendering five runs on eight hits and five strikeouts in 5.2 innings. Junior Ashley Iveson closed out the game by striking out two batters in a scoreless 1.1 innings.
Offensively, Schmidt finished 2-for-3 to lead the Dolphins, while Novak and sophomore Katie Kelly each had a hit in the loss.
Sigrest sat the first nine Campbell batters to start the game, which gave her a new team best of 19 consecutive hitters retired over the last three appearances.
Leathers broke Sigrests’s streak with a leadoff homer to right field in the fourth to give Campbell a 1-0 advantage. Katie Hinton followed with a single, while Karlie Love doubled her home in the next at-bat. Pinch runner Brittany Hubbard scored two batters later to push the Camels’ lead to 3-0.
The Dolphins answered in the bottom of the inning to make it a 3-1 ballgame when Schmidt doubled to right center field to plate Novak, who led off with a single to left field.
With two outs in the sixth inning, Hillary Wheatley lined off a shot off the glove of junior Kelly McKeon at third that plated Taylor McGee to give Campbell a 4-1 lead. The Camels pushed their lead out even further in the next at-bat after Lizzie Goldbach scored on an infield single by Keeli Michael.
Stanley retired the final nine JU batters in order to advance Campbell into the second day of the tournament.
Overall, the Dolphins battled through several injuries to finish the 2009 season with the second-best record in school history and make the A-Sun Tournament for the first time in four seasons. JU also produced two five-game winning streaks, which are both tied for the second longest stretches in the program’s existence.
Kelly led the Dolphins in hitting for the second straight season to be named first team all-conference and Sigrest had most of her pitching categories finish in the top four of the single-season lists en route to earning all-freshman honors.
The Dolphins are currently set to return 15 of 18 players from this season, including their entire pitching staff, for the 2010 campaign.