THURSDAY, MAY 06, 2010
Softball swept in regular-season finale by Stetson, 2-1 (10) & 3-1
Stetson secured the No. 2 seed for the A-Sun Tournament next week by sweeping the JU softball team, 2-1 (10) & 3-1, in a conference doubleheader on Thursday afternoon in DeLand, Fla.

The Dolphins (32-21, 10-10) lead initially in the first game before the Hatters (32-19, 14-6) tied the contest in the seventh with a solo home run, while getting the game-winning score in the 10th inning on a bases loaded fielder’s choice hit. Katelyn Perna had a three run, pinch-hit single in the fifth inning of game two to help secure the sweep.

“This was not a great way to end the year,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We had chances to execute and get the wins, but failed to do it. Now, we have to wait and see wait if we get a chance to make the A-Sun Tournament this weekend when the other games play out.”

Stetson’s Amanda Lindsey (23-10) earned the win in game one after allowing one unearned run on four hits and 14 strikeouts in 10 innings. Lindsey allowed one unearned run in game two to get a save, while Nicole Peltz (5-4) pitched five scoreless innings to get the win.

Freshman Olivia Kline (9-7) took both losses for the Dolphins in the doubleheader. She was the hard luck loser in game one by giving up the game-winning run and allowing no hits in two innings of relief.

In game two, Kline allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and a strikeout in six innings. Senior Ashley Iveson allowed one run on eight hits, five walks and nine strikeouts in 7.1 innings for the no-decision in the first game.

Trailing 1-0 in game one, Chelsea Whalley led off the bottom of the seventh inning for the Hatters with a solo homer to center field to tie the game. Amy Joyce followed with a single to left field and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. The Dolphins elected to intentionally walk Katie Lawrence, while Iveson followed with a strikeout to Jessica Lokeinsky. After intentionally walking Lindsey to load the bases, Iveson struck out Rachel Lowe to quash the threat and force extra innings.

The Hatters got a one-out double from Peltz in the eighth inning. Iveson was relieved by Kline who intentionally walked Whalley. Kline struck out Joyce before walking Chelsey Trotto to load the bases. Carolyn Boyd pinch hit for Stetson, but laced a soft line drive back to Kline to end the inning.

In the JU 10th inning, senior Amber Moseley was placed on second for the international tie breaker rule. Moseley advanced to third as Kline reached on error, but Linsdey struck out two of the next three batters to keep her from scoring.

Jill Semento was placed on second and Jordan Cleghorn was intentionally walked to start the 10th inning for the Hatters. Whalley moved the runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, while Joyce was internationally walked to load the bases. Trotto hit a ground ball to Kelly that she dove and caught, but was unable to throw Semento out at home for the game-winning score.

The Dolphins took an early 1-0 lead in the fifth inning after junior Annike Don scored from second on a two-out error by Hatters’ second baseman Megan Voeller.

In game two, Trotto singled to center with one out in the fourth inning for the Hatters. After a pop out, Lokeinsky reached on a fielder’s choice hit and advanced to second as the Dolphins failed to get Trotto out in a rundown at third. Kline intentionally walked Lindsey before Perna cleared the bases with a single to left field and a throwing error by the Dolphins to take a 3-0 lead.

Freshman Sarah Simon reached on a fielding error in the bottom of the seventh inning and was pinch ran for by Don. Lindsey got the next two batters out before allowing a walk to sophomore Amanda Schmidt. Sophomore Melissa Morales followed with a single to score Don, while senior Kelly McKeon hit into a fielder’s choice to end the game.

The Dolphins are one of five teams (UNF, Kennesaw State, USC Upstate and Campbell) battling for the final four seeds in the A-Sun Tournament. JU will wait and see if they can secure bid starting tomorrow as UNF plays against at 2 p.m. The Ospreys will be at Kennesaw State on Saturday at noon, while USC Upstate hosts Campbell at 1 p.m.