SUNDAY, MAY 09, 2010
Softball earns No. 5 seed in this week's A-Sun Tournament
The JU softball team has one more week of play ahead of them as the Dolphins received the No. 5 seed for the A-Sun Tournament in DeLand, Fla. starting on Thursday.
After falling to Stetson in the season finale on May 6, the Dolphins (32-21) fell into a five-way tie with UNF, Kennesaw State, Mercer, Campbell and USC Upstate for the final four seeds in the tournament. The Ospreys felt the pressure and lost their final four A-Sun games which allowed the Dolphins to get a spot in the tournament for the second consecutive season.
The Dolphins will get a rematch against the No. 2 seeded Hatters in their first game on Thursday at 1 p.m.
“We are very fortunate for this opportunity,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “The Stetson losses created a potential bad situation for us, but the success we had during the season helped get us back to the tournament. Now, this is a new slate and we are ready to compete for a championship.”
The Dolphins had many up and downs this year during the A-Sun season.
JU began the year with a school-record 21-7 mark, but would lose five of its first six games in conference play after getting swept by FGCU and Lipscomb.
On April 6, the Dolphins battled to a doubleheader split with the Ospreys before sweeping ETSU (April 9) and USC Upstate (April 10) on consecutive days. They did themselves a favor on the road by sweeping Kennesaw State, while picking up key wins at Campbell and Mercer.
Senior Ashley Iveson and freshman Olivia Kline carried the Dolphins in the circle to help secure another spot in the tournament. Iveson recorded 54 strikeouts in 52.2 innings for a 0.93 ERA, while Kline toted a 0.64 ERA en route to four victories.
At the plate, senior Amber Moseley became the Dolphins unexpected leader down the stretch after batting .353 (12-34) with three doubles, a home run and six RBI. Freshman Sarah Simon recorded a team-best eight RBI, while sophomore Kayla Ouellet added 14 hits.
Fans can follow the tournament on Thursday by live video streaming or live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.