MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2010
Softball ready for some home cooking starting on Tuesday
The Dolphins will not have to worry about leaving the city limits for the next three weeks as the JU softball team opens a 14-game stretch with a doubleheader against Georgia Southern on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at the JU Softball Complex.

The Dolphins (21-9, 0-2 A-Sun) will play 12 of the next 14 contests at home, with the only exception being a road trip to cross-town rival North Florida on April 6.

“This is a pivotal stretch for us,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "If we do well, this will help put us in a great position for earning another conference tournament bid. We have to be sharp throughout because there will be no easy game along the way.”

After the twin bill with the Eagles, the Dolphins will host A-Sun foes Belmont and Lipscomb in consecutive days starting Thursday.

The Bruins closed out the weekend with their first conference win of the season against ETSU, while the Lady Bisons won all four of their first A-Sun matchups. JU trails Lipscomb (24-7) by three games for the best overall mark in the league.

Once the Dolphins play the Ospreys, JU will host ETSU (April 9) and USC Upstate (April 10) before playing Bethune Cookman in a doubleheader on April 14 to close out the long stretch.

The Dolphins look to bounce back during this Jacksonville stretch after falling twice at FGCU, 6-4 & 6-0, on March 25 to begin conference play

JU stranded 20 runners between the two contests and were limited to just four bunt singles in the second game.

“We know are capable of doing better,” said Lehotak. “The conference opener didn’t go as planned, but we learned from our mistakes. I know we will be ready to be better starting tomorrow.”