Softball loses two games on Saturday at the Strike Out Cancer Tourney
The JU softball team couldn’t buy a break on Saturday as they dropped close games to Maryland, 2-1 (8), and Pittsburgh, 3-0, at the Strike Out Cancer Tournament in Boca Raton, Fla.

The Terrapins used a two-out RBI double to down the Dolphins (9-7) in extra innings during the first game. The Panthers (6-2) scored the game-winning run on an error before adding two late runs for their win.

“Once again, we didn’t have any intensity,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We did some things right, but not doing them well enough to translate into wins. I know we are capable of doing better and we look to ending of a positive note tomorrow.”

Sophomore Olivia Kline (6-2) was tagged with the loss against the Terrapins after allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits and three strikeouts in 7.1 innings. Junior Sarah Sigrest (3-3) allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits and four strikeouts in six innings to take the loss against Pittsburgh.

Offensively, freshman Karson Tuck drove in JU’s lone run of the day, while junior Kayla Ouellet had two hits in the second game.

Against Maryland, the Dolphins took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning after senior Katie Kelly scored from second on a two-out single to center by Tuck.

In the second inning, Maryland’s Marisha Branson reached first on a one-out infield single to the right side. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, but would get stranded as Kline induced a ground out to third for the final out of the inning.

Vangie Galindo doubled to left field to lead off the Terrapins fifth inning. After a sacrifice bunt to move her to third, Sara Acosta laced a sharp single that bounced off Kelly’s ankle into center field to plate Galindo to tie the game at one all.

The score stayed at 1-1 as it entered the eighth inning when the Terrapins’ international tiebreaker rule runner Lauren Ghent was moved from second to third on a sacrifice bunt. Kline hit the next batter and was relieved by Sigrest. The Dolphins were able to get Ghent out at home on a fielder’s choice hit to Kelly, but Branson followed with a slow looping double to center field to score pinch runner Courtney Kane.

In JU’s half of the eighth inning, Kelly was placed on second, while sophomore Sarah Simon was hit by the first pitch of the frame. Maryland settled down by doubling off Kelly on a line out to center by junior Amanda Schmidt, while Kendra Knight got Tuck to pop out to the shortstop to end the game.

Despite walking six batters, Knight (1-2) scattered two and finished with eight strikeouts in eight innings to get the win.

Against Pittsburgh, Ouellet led off the game with an infield single to first before moving third in the next at-bat on a ground out by Kelly. Cory Berliner retired the next two batters to quash the JU treat.

Sigrest sat down the first nine Panther batters before allowing a single to center by Reba Tutt to start the fourth inning. Ashley Amistade followed with a sacrifice bunt to third and the Dolphins overthrew the ball at first into right field allowing Tutt to score for the 1-0 Panthers lead.

The Panthers tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning on a two-run single by Holly Stevens, while Berliner sat down the final 12 JU batters to secure the win.

Berliner (1-1) scattered two hits and struck out two batters to get the complete-game shutout.

The Dolphins will close the tournament tomorrow with a seeding game against UCONN at 9 a.m.