FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2008
Softball splits series with Mercer
March 14, 2008
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU softball team split their doubleheader with Mercer on Friday, losing the first game 2-1, before taking the second game 6-4 at the JU Softball Complex.
Freshman shortstop Katie Kelly recorded three RBI in game two, including a two-run single as part of the Dolphins' four run fourth inning.
"We bounced back in the second game and had much better execution then we did in game one," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "I was happy to get our first conference win under our belts and will look to continue it tomorrow against Lipscomb."
After falling behind 2-0, in the top of the first, the Dolphins (13-19)got a run back in the bottom half of the inning when sophomore catcher Ashley Mora drew a bases loaded walk that score senior designated player Patricia Melo.
Kelly delivered her first of her three RBI in the third after her single scored senior outfielder Jillian Mirante. Mirante walked, stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Melo to tie the game at 2-2.
Melo delivered two RBI of her own as part of the fourth inning, scoring senior first baseman Sara Gordon and freshman outfielder Kayla Ouellet. Kelly's single plated Melo and Mirante, who had reached base on the first intentional walk of her career, and helped the Dolphins take a 6-2 lead.
The Bears (16-10) tried to make a late comeback by adding a run in the fifth and sixth innings, and getting the tying runner up to the plate in the seventh, but some good pitches by senior pitcher Shannon Jensen (6-7) and a great defensive play by Gordon helped seal the victory for the Dolphins.
Jensen gave up two runs (one earned) in 3.2 innings of relief for freshman starter Jackie Samuels, who gave up two runs in 3.1 innings of work.
Mercer was able to make a comeback in game one after the Dolphins failed to hold on to their 1-0, lead that was given to them courteous of Mora's first home run of the season in the fifth inning.
Junior pitcher Ashley Iveson (1-4) took the loss for the Dolphins after giving up two runs (one earned) in seven innings.
The Dolphins will be back in action on Saturday, taking on Lipscomb in a doubleheader at 1 and 3 p.m. at the JU Softball Complex.