Softball drops two to Lipscomb

March 15, 2008

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU softball team dropped their doubleheader with Lipscomb on Saturday, losing the first game 4-3, before taking the second game 4-0 at the JU Softball Complex.

Freshman shortstop Katie Kelly went four-for-four in the first game, helping the Dolphins out hit Lipscomb 11-10 in the loss.

The Dolphins (13-21, 1-3 A-Sun) got off to the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning in game one, when freshman outfielder Katarina Engler led off with a hit and scored on an RBI single by Kelly.

Lipscomb's bats came alive in the fourth inning and tied the game when Lauren Dortwegt hit a single with one out and the bases loaded off of Dolphins' freshman starter Jackie Samuels. After Samuels got Sara Simons to line out to Kelly, senior pitcher Shannon Jensen replaced Samuels in relief with the bases still loaded. After a wild pitch and a passed ball scored two more Lady Bison, Jensen forced Abby Keese to groundout to stop the bleeding at 3-1.

The Dolphins replied with one run in the fourth when senior first baseman Sara Gordon's double scored sophomore second baseman Kelly McKeon to make it 3-2.

After Lipscomb (11-13, 3-1 A-Sun) extended its lead to 4-2 in the top of the seventh, the Dolphins attempted a comeback and loaded the bases with one out, but unfortunately the only run they could push across was when senior designated player Patricia Melo scored when sophomore catcher Ashley Mora grounded into a fielder's choice.

Samuels took the loss after giving up three runs (two earned) in 3.2 innings. Jensen gave up one run in 3.1 innings.

The Dolphins fell in the game two of the doubleheader 4-0, thanks to a shutout by Lady Bisons' pitcher Alaina Jacobson.

Kelly continued her hot streak by going 2-for-4 for the Dolphins and improved her batting average to a team leading .320, including going 8-13 (.615) in conference play.

Sophomore pitcher Ashley Iveson (1-5) took the loss after giving up four runs (two earned) in 6.2 innings, while striking out three. Jensen recorded the final out of the game.

The Dolphins will be back in action on Wednesday, taking on UCF in Orlando, Fla. at 5 p.m.