SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2010
Softball earns two wins on the final day of the FAU Parent’s Weekend Tournament
The Dolphins had a couple of key contributors to help the JU softball team down Virginia Tech, 3-2, and Charleston Southern, 4-3, on Sunday at the FAU Parent’s Weekend Tournament in Boca Raton, Fla.

Freshman Sarah Simon had an RBI triple and home run to lead the Dolphins (17-7) past the Hokies in the first game. Senior Kelly McKeon and sophomore Kayla Shavers each had a two-run inside the park homers to help erase a Buccaneers’ (13-12-1) three-run lead to end the weekend on high note.

“This was another great total team effort,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We got good production from our lineup and our bench was also excellent today. I’m really happy with the outcomes because the team is learning that the game is never really over.”

Senior Ashley Iveson (7-3) earned the win for JU against Virginia Tech after allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and five strikeouts in seven innings.

Sophomore Sarah Sigrest (5-2) got the victory against Charleston Southern by surrendering three runs on eight hits and four strikeouts in seven innings of work.

Against Virginia Tech, Bkaye Smith and Richelle McGarva had consecutive singles to start the bottom of the first inning. After Whitney Davis sacrificed both runners over, Courtney Liddle drew a walk from Iveson to load the bases. Sophomore third baseman Amanda Schmidt bobbled a grounder hit by Ashton Ward in the next at-bat which allowed Smith to score to give the Hokies a 1-0 advantage.

Simon tied the game in the second inning with a triple down the right field line to plate Shavers, who led off with a single up the middle. Sophomore Melissa Morales scored Simon in the next at-bat with a single to center field to give JU a 2-1 lead.

The Dolphins extended their advantage to 3-1 on Simon’s lead-off homer to left field in the sixth inning.

Iveson pitched four scoreless frames before giving a one-out double to left field by Kristen Froehlich. Kelsey Hensel plated her in the next at-bat with a double to center to make it a one-run deficit. Sarah Ashby pinch ran for Hensel and moved to third base on a pass ball by Simon. The Hokies tried to get Ashby home on a suicide squeeze, but pinch hitter Amber Walker bunted to ball on one hop to senior Amber Moseley who flipped it to Simon to get the runner at the plate. Iveson struck out Smith to quash the rally and secure the win.

Hokies’ starter Kenzie Roark (2-9) took the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits and two strikeouts in three innings. Jasmin Harrell gave up two hits and had four strikeouts in four scoreless relief innings.

Trailing 3-0 against Charleston Southern, Simon led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a double to left field. Freshman Lauren Even pinch ran for Simon and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Morales. McKeon followed with an inside the park homer to left center field to cut the JU deficit to 3-2.

Kelly opened the sixth inning with a single to left field and got pinch ran for by junior Annike Don. Schmidt advanced Don to second on sacrifice bunt. Buccaneers’ starter and eventual losing pitcher Sondra Vetter got freshman Olivia Kline to line out to shortstop in the next at-bat. Shavers laced a ball to right field that Jessica Brock-Peters drove missed while diving for it which allowed Shavers to score herself and Don on an inside the park home run to give JU a 4-3 lead.

Sigrest pitched a scoreless seventh inning to secure the Dolphins fourth comeback win in the last eight days.

Vetter allowed four runs on seven hits and two strikeouts in six innings to take the loss.

The Buccaneers took the early lead in the contest on a solo home run from Megan Hall in the third inning. Charleston Southern extended its lead to 3-0 on RBI doubles from Jana Matthews and Erin Kegley in the next two innings.

The Dolphins return to action on Wednesday when they host Florida A&M on Wednesday in a doubleheader at the JU Softball Complex. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.