FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010
Softball splits A-Sun doubleheader with Mercer
Freshmen battery mates Olivia Kline and Sarah Simon each did their part to help the JU softball team down Mercer, 5-0, in game two of Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader on Friday night in Macon, Ga.

Simon batted 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI to lead the Dolphins (32-18, 10-8) at the plate, while Kline (9-5) tossed five scoreless innings and struck out two to get the win in the circle.

The Bears (23-30, 5-13) won game one, 1-0, with the help of a solo home run by Sara Stukes and a complete-game shutout from Jenni Holtz.

“I’m really happy we took three of four on the road this week,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We did what we had to do and had plenty of contributors in the process. Hopefully, we can keep this up next week so we can seal a spot in the A-Sun Tournament.”

Along with Simon, senior Amber Moseley went 3-for-4 with a RBI and double in game two. Sophomores Kayla Ouellet and Amanda Schmidt each finished with two hits in the second game.

Senior Ashley Iveson (16-7) took the game one loss, allowing the solo homer on scattering four hits and four strikeouts in six innings of work, but bounces back with two scoreless relief frames in game two.

Holtz (15-17) allowed a hit and struck out seven in seven scoreless innings to get the game one win. Kerri Chambers took the game two loss by surrendering four runs (two earned) on nine hits in 4.1 innings of work and Natalie Jones allowed a run on four hits in 2.2 relief innings.

In the third inning of game two, Ouellet reached on a one-out single to shortstop and advanced to second as Stukes’ throw went the dugout. Junior Katie Kelly grounded out to Chambers, but Simon followed with a single to right field to score Ouellet and give JU a 1-0 lead.

Anna Johnson led off Mercer’s third inning with a single to left field. Johnson reached third in the next at-bat as Moseley dropped a throw at first base on a hit to third base. The Bears tried a suicide squeeze to score the runner, but Schmidt caught the bunt and flicked the ball backhanded to Simon who tagged Johnson at home. Junior Katarina Engler caught a fly out in the deep left field foul territory, while Kline struck out the next batter to end the threat.

Moseley made up for her drop with a double to start the fourth inning for the Dolphins. Junior Annike Don pinch-ran for Moseley and advanced to third on a passed ball by Bears’ catcher Kristin Marko. Schmidt plated Don with a single to left field to extend the Dolphins advantage to 2-0.

The Dolphins took a 4-0 lead in the fifth inning after Simon hit a two-run homer over the left center field fence to score Ouellet, who led off with a single to third base.

In the Mercer fifth inning, Amanda Santa Maria opened with a single to center field. Santa Maria advanced to third on a one-out double by Holly Oglesbee, but Kline retired the next two batters on a fly out and ground out to leave the runners stranded.

Moseley gave the Dolphins an insurance run with a RBI hit to left field in the seventh, while Iveson tossed two scoreless relief innings to lock up the win.

In game one, Mercer broke a scoreless pitcher’s duel in the sixth inning after Stukes led off with a solo homer that she lunged and swung at over the outside corner of the plate to put it over the center field fence.

Holtz proved the lone run was all she need by allowing just a bunt single in the first inning and scattering two walks in the next six innings. She retired the final 10 batters in a row, including striking out the final two Dolphins looking.

The Dolphins return to action on May 4 when they travel to Orlando, Fla. to face UCF in a single game at 4 p.m.