Softball falls twice on Saturday at JU Tournament
The JU softball team fell on the wrong end of the scoreboard twice on Saturday to North Carolina, 2-1, and Kansas, 6-1, in the JU Tournament at the JU Softball Complex.

The Tar Heels (3-1) got a home run by Ally Blake and a RBI double Brittany McKinney to get the win over the Dolphins (2-2) in the first game. Marissa Ingle recorded a grand slam in the night cap to help the Jayhawks (4-0) to stay perfect on the weekend.

“Overall, I’m happy with this weekend,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We were just one hit away from coming back in game one and let the nerves get the best of us in the second game. I saw a lot of good things out there that we will build on to be successful with this season.

Junior Kayla Ouellet had two doubles and an RBI against the Tar Heels, while senior Katie Kelly homered in the second game for JU.

In the circle, sophomore Olivia Kline (1-1) took the loss against North Carolina after allowing two runs on five hits and six strikeouts in seven innings. Junior Brittany Eppley (0-1) was tagged with the loss in the second game by allowing six runs, four earned, on five hits and five strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Junior Sarah Sigrest struck out three in 1.1 relief innings against Kansas.

Against North Carolina, Kline retired the first five Tar Heel batters before allowing a two-out homer to left field by Blake in the second inning.

Freshman Karson Tuck singled with one out in the second inning to center field for JU, but UNC starter and eventual winning pitcher Lori Spingola would strand her there by getting two straight strikeouts. Ouellet had a two-out out double in the next inning before Spingola induced a fly out by Kelly.

North Carolina extended its lead to 2-0 in the fourth inning on consecutive doubles by Jordan Scarboro and McKinney.

In the fifth inning, the Dolphins cut the deficit to 2-1 on a two-out double by Ouellet that nicked the third base bag to stay fair and scored senior Annike Don from second base.

Kline worked out of jams in the sixth and the seventh inning, but Spingola sat down the final six batters to secure the TarHeels win.

Spingola (3-1) allowed one run on four hits and struck out seven batters in seven innings to get the win for the Tar Heels.

In the second game, the Jayhawks jumped to 2-0 lead in the first inning with the help of two JU errors.

With one out, Alex Jones hit a ground ball back to Eppley, who overthrew first base allowing her to reach second. Mariah Montgomery hit a ground ball back to Eppley in the next at-bat and she overthrew first base again to allow Jones to score and Montgomery to reach second. Montgomery later scored on a wild pitch to round out the Kansas first inning.

Kelly reached first on a throwing error by Kansas shortstop Ashley Newman to start the fourth inning. Junior Amanda Schmidt followed with a fly by to Jayhawk right fielder Liz Kocon that was dropped, but she was able to throw out Kelly trying to advance to third base. Kristin Martinez was able to get sophomore Sarah Simon in the next at-bat to end the inning.

In the fifth inning, Eppley ran into trouble by allowing a pair of two-out walks to load the bases. Ingle made her pay in the next at-bat with a grand slam to left field to give Kansas a 6-0 lead.

Kelly homered for JU with two outs in the sixth inning, but Martinez retired five of the next six batters to secure the win.

Martinez (2-1) scattered two hits, while fanning six batters to get the complete-game win.

The Dolphins return to action on Wednesday when they host nationally-ranked Florida for a single game at the JU Softball Complex. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.