TUESDAY, MAY 03, 2011
Softball hosts UNF for biggest twin bill of the season on Wednesday
The JU softball team will be playing for a lot more than marbles when they kick off the final week of the season on Wednesday at 6 p.m. against cross-town rival UNF in an A-Sun doubleheader at the JU Softball Complex.

The Dolphins (36-14, 14-2 A-Sun), who host Stetson in the regular-season finale on Friday at 5 p.m., will just need to win two of their final four games to lock up the program’s first A-Sun regular season title and secure the No. 1 seed for next week’s conference tournament. The matchup against UNF will also count towards the annual SunTrust River City Rumble standings.

“We are excited to get back into conference play tomorrow night," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "The UNF series is always an interesting series when you add the emotion of the cross-town rivalry into the mix. We feel that we are prepared and are looking to forward to getting back on the field after a week of no games.”

JU is in position to take its first title after winning 18 of the last 20 contests en route to a program-best 36 victories. With two wins at home this week, the Dolphins can also tie the 2005 squad for the program record in victories (20) at the JU Softball Complex.

Last time out, the Dolphins posted a season-high 16 hits in the five innings to secure an 11-3 win against Bethune-Cookman in the final non-conference game of the season on April 27.

Junior Sarah Sigrest secured her 20th win of the season with eight strikeouts in 4.2 relief innings and junior Amanda Schmidt recorded a career-best six RBI to pace the offense.

The Ospreys (24-29, 8-10) swept the Hatters (19-29, 4-14), 5-0 and 6-1, in the home finale on April 30, but lost the final spot in the A-Sun Tournament to Mercer.

Lauren Pollack is leading the offense with a .292 average, while Mariah Reynolds has driven in a team-best 28 runs. Cortney Radke has picked up 22 of UNF’s 24 wins in the circle, fanning a program-best 303 batters in the process.

Last season, each team battled to a 2-1 win in 11 innings during the doubleheader at UNF. Senior Katie Kelly had the game-winning single to help JU get the Game One win. The Ospreys have a 8-2 lead in the all-time series.

Stetson has only scored one run in the last four contests entering this week.

Chrissy Morello paces the Hatters with a .351 average and Meredith Owen have posted 81 strikeouts in 131.2 innings for a 7-12 record.

Last season, the Hatters swept the Dolphins in DeLand, Fla. and beat JU in the first game at the A-Sun Tournament to take a commanding 17-3 lead in the all-time series. JU’s last win over Stetson was a 5-0 game one victory in DeLand on April 18, 2008.

Fans can follow the games on live stats and the UNF contest on video streaming through A-Sun.TV by logging into JUDolphins.com.

UNF SID TO HELP WITH ALABAMA DIASTER RELIEF: UNF softball SID and Alabama native Rod Black will be collecting supplies for the next three days to help with the tornado relief that hit his home state. Black was inspired to help those in need after learning of three friends who lost their homes and one who was killed. Fans can donate at the UNF/JU softball doubleheader on Wednesday or drop items off at the Osprey media relations office in UNF Arena. For more information, please contact Rob Black at 904-620-4025 or email through r.black@unf.edu.