So far the 2007 softball season for John Carroll University has been a tale of two teams. JCU either gives a dominating performance or drops narrow losses.
JCU spent their spring break trip to Florida flip-flopping wins and losses, and the streak continued this Sunday as JCU faced Kenyon College.
Each team was firing on all cylinders offensively as both traded blows for the duration of the game.
With a one run lead freshman Julie Marlowe’s 2 RBI single gave JCU a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning. However, Kenyon would roar back with four runs in the fifth inning.
Senior Betsy Rafferty’s RBI double in the bottom of the sixth sent the game to extra innings.
However, after Kenyon tacked on two runs in the top of the eighth, JCU could only manage one with their turn at the plate, dropping the game 6-5.
Two JCU pitchers made appearances, freshman Samantha Thompson and junior Barbie Lewis, who was credited with the loss. Lewis’ record now stands at 1-3.
The nightcap would be far less offensive as the first game. In 2006 Jamie Smrdel hit 11 homeruns. As of Sunday she had not registered one.
In the bottom of the sixth Smrdel took her first step towards 12 as her solo homerun would be the only run scored by either team as JCU earned the split with the one run victory.
Freshman Laura Boselovic surrendered only three hits in the shutout, her fourth win of the season.
Monday marked the first time this season that JCU dropped two straight games. Facing Cedar Road rival Notre Dame College, JCU lost 3-1 in the first game and 12-6 in the night cap.
The day started well for JCU as Smrdel notched another homerun to give JCU the slimmest of advantages in the second inning.
But, Notre Dame would battle back, scoring two runs in the fourth inning and one last security run in the seventh. Boselovic pitched the complete game, earning her first loss of the season.
In the night cap Notre Dame jumped to a five run lead in three innings before JCU could get going.
Notre Dame rode a four run third inning to the victory. JCU managed to climb into the lead with the combination of a two run fourth and four run fifth inning.
The lead would be short lived as Notre Dame put up three more runs in the sixth and then poured on four more in the seventh.
JCU bullpen did not fare well as three Blue Streak pitchers saw action, none lasting over two innings. Junior Ashley Lippert recorded her first loss of the season after finishing the last 2.2 innings.
Smrdel felt back to back losses will shock JCU into action, “it made us ask who was going to step up,” she said, “we now know what we need to do,”
JCU will look to bounce back today at 3 p.m. with a double header against Wooster.
The softball team will also be one of five JCU athletic teams facing Ohio Northern on Saturday. The double header begins at 1 p.m.
Sophomore Jamie Smrdel leads JCU with a .489 batting average for the year.