SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2011
Softball falls to Boston in USF The Game Tournament, 3-2
Two errors for the JU softball team in the bottom of the seventh inning proved costly in a 3-2 loss to Boston on Sunday in the USF The Game Tournament in Clearwater, Fla.

After gaining a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh, the Dolphins (18-12) opened the seventh with an error which allowed Cheslea Kehr to tie the game with a double. Two batters later, Kehr scored the game-winning run for the Terriers (12-7) on another JU error.

“This was a tough way to lose,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We patient enough to work at getting the lead back, but had mistakes last half that hurt us. Overall, we still need to work at putting teams away because conference play is now here.”

Terriers’ starter Erin Schuppent (4-0) earned the win after allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits and six strikeouts in seven innings.

Senior Jackie Samuels (1-1) took the loss for JU, allowing the two unearned runs in the seventh and three hits. Sophomore Olivia Kline pitched two scoreless relief frames, while junior Sarah Sigrest allowed one run and struck out four in the three innings for the no-decision.

Offensively, freshman Jacey Warner went 2-for-3 with a home run to pace the Dolphins.

With the score tied at one in the bottom of the sixth inning, Kline allowed a lead off single to Brittany Clendenny. Samuels relived Kline and allowed two more singles to load the bases. Samuels recorded a force out at home before getting to two consecutive fly outs to get out of the jam.

Warner reached on a fielder error to start the frame to start the top of the seventh for JU. Senior Annike Don pinch ran for Warner and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Junior Kayla Ouellet reached on infield single before Schuppent got junior Amanda Schmidt to pop out. Sophomore Sarah Simon followed with a double to left field to plate Don and give JU a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Erica Casacci reached on an error to start the frame, while Kehr followed with a double to left field to tie the game. After an intentional walk, Samuels picked up a strikeout, but Clendenny laced a ground ball through the legs of Schmidt at to plate the game winning score.

Boston led initially, 1-0, in the third inning with three straight singles to score a run, while Warner tied the game in the fourth with her homer.

The Dolphins return home to start A-Sun play with a doubleheader against Mercer at the JU Softball Complex on Friday at 5 p.m.