SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2010
Softball rallies but falls to Syracuse, 7-4
The Dolphins fell short in achieving their third comeback victory in the last six days as the JU softball team dropped a 7-4 decision to Syracuse at the FAU Parents Weekend Tournament on Saturday night in Boca Raton, Fla.

After falling behind 6-0 in the third inning, the Dolphins (15-7) cut it to two runs, 6-4, in the fourth and fifth innings on RBI hits from junior Katie Kelly, sophomore Kayla Shavers and freshman Sarah Simon. The Orange (8-9) blanked JU in the final two frames to hang onto the win.

“I was proud of the effort,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We just had a bad night in the circle and that is going to happen from time to time. “I am pleased with the way we fought tonight and looking forward to using some of that in tomorrow’s games.”

Brittany Gardner got the win for the Orange, allowing three runs on six hits and five strikeouts in four innings. Stacy Kuwik locked down the win by giving up just a run on one hit and three strikeouts in three innings of relief.

Freshman Olivia Kline (4-2) was tagged with the loss for JU after allowing three runs on four hits in two innings. Senior Ashley Iveson surrendered four runs on eight hits and four walks, but had six strikeouts in five relief innings.

Offensively, Kelly and sophomore Kayla Ouellet each had two hits to pace the Dolphins, while junior Katarina Engler scored twice on the night.

The Orange took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on successful double steal attempt to plate Stephanie Watts, who tripled in the second at-bat of the game. Syracuse got a pair of two-out RBI hits in the second inning before Jenny Caira’s three-run blast in the third made it a 6-0 advantage.

In the fourth inning, Engler reached on a single to third, while Ouellet pushed her to second on an infield single to shortstop. Kelly followed with a single up the middle and Orange catcher Lacey Kohl dropped the throw home from center, which allowed Engler to score and advanced the JU runners into scoring position. After two quick outs, Shavers and Simon each hit consecutive RBI singles to cut the Dolphins’ deficit to 6-3.

JU narrowed the score to 6-4 in the fifth inning when Kelly plated Engler with a two-out single to right field.

The Dolphins couldn’t get any closer in the contest as Kelly Saco plated an insurance run with a double in the seventh, while Garnder closed out the game with two scoreless frames to secure the Syracuse victory.

The Dolphins continue the tournament tomorrow against Virginia Tech at 9 a.m. before closing the weekend with Charleston Southern at 1 p.m. Fans can follow the action through live stats on gametracker by logging onto JUDolphins.com.