THURSDAY, MARCH 04, 2010
Softball starts USF Under Armour Invitational on Friday
Senior Ashley Iveson has a team-best 32 strikeouts in 27.2 innings of work for JU.
Senior Ashley Iveson has a team-best 32 strikeouts in 27.2 innings of work for JU.
The Dolphins will stay in the tournament slate again this week as the JU softball team travels to Clearwater, Fla. for the USF Under Armour Invitational starting Friday.

The Dolphins (10-4), who continue to be on their best start in school history, open the first day of play at 4 p.m. against Memphis and finish against St. Joseph’s in the nightcap at 6 p.m. JU will play Temple (5 p.m.) and Austin Peay (7 p.m.) on Saturday before wrapping the tournament with Loyola-Chicago on Sunday at 11 a.m.

“We are looking to be more consistent this week,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “Last week, we played really well and played really bad at times. I want us to consistently get better each game so we can hit the ground running as conference play starts. I know our team will be able to start showing that this weekend.”

JU comes into the weekend after finishing with a 3-3 record in its games last week.

After falling to Florida State at home, the Dolphins posted a 10-1 victory over Eastern Kentucky to start the Kickin’ Chicken Classic on Feb. 26. JU were shutout by Canisius College (5-0, Feb. 26) and DePaul (4-0, .Feb.27) over the next two days, but bounced back with a 1-0 victory against the Colonels. The Dolphins closed the tournament with their seventh shutout of the season in a 6-0 win against Coastal Carolina.

Junior Katarina Engler’s steady pace at the plate has given her a team-best .313 batting average and 10 runs scored, while freshman Olivia Kline is hitting .308 with seven RBI.

In the circle, senior Ashley Iveson is off to a great start after recording 32 strikeouts and allowing just six earned runs in 27.2 innings. Sophomore Sarah Sigrest has posted 19 strikeouts in 25 innings, while Kline has added three wins and 18 strikeouts.

Among the tournament participant this week, the Dolphins hold a 1-0 all-time record against Memphis, St. Joseph’s and Austin Peay. Temple owns a 2-1 advantage. Fans can follow the tournament updates by logging onto USFseries.com.