TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010
Softball hosts Bethune Cookman on Wednesday in home finale
The Dolphins will get to enjoy the comforts of home one final time in 2010 as they host Bethune-Cookman at 5 p.m. on Wednesday for a doubleheader at the JU Softball Complex.
After the home finale on Wednesday, the Dolphins (27-15, 6-6) begin nine-game road trip with Campbell (15-23-1, 2-6) on Saturday at noon in Buies Creek, N.C.
“I am hoping to see the momentum we gained last week continue into this week,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “I feel like we are playing relaxed again. If we can maintain that mindset, we will be competitive again this week.”
The Dolphins tallied a 5-1 mark last week to rise up five spots in the A-Sun standings and even their conference record.
JU began the week with a 2-1 game one victory in 11 innings over cross-town rival UNF, which helped the Dolphins win the SunTrust River City Rumble for the second straight year. The Ospreys would return the favor in the second game by picking up a 2-1 win of their own in 11 innings to split the doubleheader.
The Dolphins returned home and swept ETSU for the third straight season, while also taking both games over USC Upstate on April 10 for the first time since the Spartans joined the A-Sun in 2008.
Junior Katie Kelly paced the Dolphins at the plate after batting .400 (8-20) with a home run, double and six RBI en route to earning A-Sun Offensive “Player of the Week” honors.
Freshman Olivia Kline pitched 15.1 scoreless relief frames of her 20.1 total innings last week, while posting a 2-0 record and tallying her first collegiate save. Senior Ashley Iveson fanned a team-best 20 batters in five appearances and got both wins in the circle to help JU swept USC Upstate.
The Wildcats (18-19) enter the matchup of Wednesday having won five of their last seven games, including taking the series against South Carolina State over the weekend. The Dolphins knocked off the Wildcats earlier this season on Feb. 14, 2-0, to close out the JU Tournament.
The Camels are on a six-game losing streak as the start the week of play. Campbell was swept by FGCU and Stetson its trip to Florida last week. Despite the struggles, the Camels took all three games against the Dolphins in 2009 and hold a 10-5 advantage over the JU in the all-time series.
Fan can watch the game on Wednesday on live video streaming though A-Sun.TV or on live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.