THURSDAY, APRIL 07, 2011
Softball hits Nashville starting Friday
More road challenges await the JU softball team as they start a two-day trip with a doubleheader at Lipscomb on Friday in Nashville, Tenn. at 5 p.m. ET.

The Dolphins (28-12, 8-0 A-Sun), who is currently on a program-best 10-game winning streak, will travel down the street the next day for a doubleheader against Belmont at 1 p.m.

“We are ready to get back to the diamond,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “Our team has gotten off to a great start, but we still have a long tough road ahead of us. As long as we continue to do the little things well, then we put give ourselves a chance to win.”

JU stayed perfect in A-Sun play last weekend after sweeping ETSU (4/1) and USC Upstate (4/2) on the road.

Sophomore Olivia Kline helped lead the Dolphins by going 3-0 in the circle with a 0.33 ERA and allowed just one run on seven hits in 21 innings of work en route to A-Sun “Pitcher of the Week” honors. She also threw the program’s first seven-inning no-hitter at ETSU, while finishing the week batting .556 (10-19) with four RBI.

Junior Amanda Schmidt helped the cause with a team-best nine RBI in six total games, while sophomore Sarah Simon tied the single-game record of total bases (10) in game two at ETSU after recording two home runs and a double.

The Lady Bisons (18-13, 5-1) open the A-Sun season winning their first five contests before dropping the second game of a doubleheader to Campbell, 5-3, on April 1.

Despite sitting fifth in batting average, Mollie Mitchell is Lipscomb’s top offensive producer with team highs in home runs (6) and RBI (30). Breanne Thurman is leading the team with a .361 average, while Whitney Kiihnel continues to pace the Lady Bisons’ pitching staff with 213 strikeouts in 138.1 innings of work.

Lipscomb swept JU at home last season to push its lead to 11-3 in the all-time series. In 2009, the Dolphins won the first game in Nashville against Lipscomb, but dropped a 1-0 decision in game two on a two-out, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Bruins (7-26, 0-6) dropped both games of a doubleheader to Campbell at home last weekend.

Offensively, Ashley Byers is pacing the team with 21 RBI, while Devon Schmidt has 90 strikeouts and six wins in 107.1 innings.

Last year, the Dolphins spilt a doubleheader with Belmont at home which narrowed the Bruins lead in the all-time series to 9-7. JU swept Belmont in a doubleheader during its last trip to Nashville in 2009.

Fans can follow the all of the matchups on live stats along with Lipscomb contest on video streaming through A-Sun.TV by logging onto JUDolphins.com.