TUESDAY, MARCH 09, 2010
Softball opens week against Toledo at home on Wednesday
The JU softball team will start the week in familiar territory as the Dolphins host Toledo on Wednesday at 4 p.m. for a doubleheader at the JU Softball

Following Wednesday’s twin bill, the Dolphins (13-6) compete in their final non-conference tournament of the season as they play at the FAU Parent’s Weekend Tournament in Boca Raton, Fla. starting Friday.

“This is going to be a great week,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We get to start the slate at home where we have done very well so far this season. There are also some tough teams ahead us for this weekend. We want to perform well these next two weeks to build steam heading into the conference schedule.”

The Dolphins come into the week after winning their last three games at the USF Under Armour Invitational in Clearwater, Fla. on March 7.

After falling to Memphis and Saint Joseph’s on the first day, the JU offense came alive for wins against Temple (12-1) and Austin Peay (8-0) on March 6. The Dolphins used a seven run, six-hit third inning to blown past the Owls and scored a run in every inning in the nightcap against the Lady Governors to lock up that victory.

On the final day, sophomore Kayla Shavers had the game-winning double, while senior Ashley Iveson pitched four scoreless relief innings in the Dolphins’ 4-3 comeback win over Loyola-Chicago.

Sophomore Kayla Ouellet paced the Dolphins at the tournament with a team-best .476 average (10-21), 11 total bases and six RBI. Ouellet added two RBI in each of JU’s wins over Temple and Austin Peay on March 6. Against Loyola-Chicago, Ouellet drove in the Dolphins’ first run of the contest before hitting the game-tying hit in JU’s 4-3 comeback win.

The Rockets (1-9) will play Quinnipiac in a doubleheader today in Clearwater, Fla. before traveling north to the First Coast. Toledo dropped all four of its games at the USF Under Armour Invitational over the weekend. The Rockets’ lone win this season came over Saint Francis (PA) on Feb. 21 to close out the First Pitch Classic in Charlotte, N.C.

On Friday, the Dolphins open the FAU Tournament against Syracuse at 9 a.m. before finishing the day against Western Kentucky at 1 p.m. After playing Iowa on Saturday, JU begins Sunday against Virginia Tech at 9 a.m. and wraps the tournament vs. Charleston Southern at 1 p.m.

The Dolphins secured a 11-7 win over the Hokies at the JU Tournament on Feb. 13. JU is tied with Charleston Southern at one in the all-times series, while Western Kentucky owns a 2-0 advantage.

Fans can follow Wednesday’s doubleheader with live video streaming on A-Sun.TV and the FAU Parent’s Weekend Tournament through live stats on gametracker by logging onto JUDolphins.com.