SUNDAY, MARCH 07, 2010
Softball rallies to knock off Loyola-Chicago, 4-3
Sophomore Kayla Shavers recorded the game-winning double in the seventh, while senior Ashley Iveson had four scoreless relief innings to help lift the JU softball team to 4-3 victory over Loyola-Chicago on Sunday at the final day of the USF Under Armour Invitational in Clearwater, Fla.

The Ramblers (2-8) lead 3-0 for most of the game until the Dolphins (13-6) tied the game in the fifth and sixth innings with the help of two RBI hits from sophomore Kayla Ouellet.

Shavers recorded the game-winning RBI double to plate sophomore Amanda Schmidt the next inning, while Iveson (5-3) had a scoreless seventh to secure the win. Iveson struck out three batters and allowed just two hits in relief to get her second straight win.

“I am very proud of team’s effort,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We trailed for most of the game, but our kids did a good job on keeping us in it until we were able to score. I was very happy to see their maturity today. Overall, it was a great win and we look forward to playing at home on Wednesday.”

Trailing 3-0 in the fifth inning, junior Katarina Engler opened with a walk to start the frame before advancing to third on two wild pitches. Ouellet plated her in the next at-bat on a single through the left side. Like Engler, Ouellet advanced to third on two wild pitches and scored on a single to left by Schmidt to make it a 3-2 JU deficit.

Ouellet tied the game in the sixth inning by scoring junior Annike Don with a two-out single to center field.

In the top of the seventh inning, Schmidt led off with a single to center field before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Olivia Kline. Ramblers’ reliever and eventual losing pitcher Hilary Payne got sophomore Melissa Morales to pop out in the next at-bat. Shavers followed with a sharp ground ball to shortstop Brooke Andresen that took a giant hop and ricocheted off her temple into the left field, allowing Schmidt to score.

Andresen reached first for the Ramblers with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, but got thrown out in the next at-bat by Simon trying to steal second. After giving up a single, Iveson got Kristen Medrud to ground out to end the game.

Payne (2-2) allowed one run on three hits in 1.2 innings in the loss, while Amy Solava surrendered three runs on seven hits and four strikeouts in 5.1 innings for the no-decision.

The Ramblers took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning on a two-out swallow single to right field from Angie Funston to score Stephanie Cihlar. Andresen homered in third inning, while Funston scored on an error to extend the advantage.

The Dolphins return to action on Wednesday at home for a doubleheader against Toledo. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.