Softball takes two from Georgia Southern, 4-0 & 8-2
Junior Amanda Schmidt didn’t let the bad weather bother her after driving in seven runs to help the JU softball team sweep Georgia Southern, 4-0 & 8-2, on Tuesday in Statesboro, Ga.

Schmidt drove in three of the Dolphins’ (24-12) four runs in the first win to torment the Eagles (17-20) before adding four RBI in the second game with the help of a three-run homer.

“These were two good wins,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “Schmidt set the pace for our offense and we got two good pitching efforts. I want us to continue this momentum for this weekend.”

Sophomore Olivia Kline (10-5) earned the win in game one after fanning seven batters and scattering three hits in seven scoreless frames. Junior Brittany Eppley (1-2) got her first win as a Dolphins in game two, allowing two runs on four hits and a strike out in seven innings.

Kline also finished with two hits in game two, while freshman Karson Tuck had two hits and freshman Jacey Warner added a two-run home run.

In game one, junior Kayla Ouellet led off the game with a triple, while Schmidt plated her in the next at-bat on a double. Schmidt made it 2-0 for JU after scoring on sophomore Sarah Simon’s fly ball hit dropped by the Eagles right fielder.

Senior Katie Kelly recorded a one-out single to left field in the second inning for the Dolphins. After a strike out, Kline followed with a walk, while Ouellet singled to left field to load the bases. Schmidt cleared two with a double down the left field line to give JU a 4-0 advantage.

In the bottom of the second inning, Andrea Tarashuk reached on a one-out error and got pinch ran for by Nicole Benton. Tabby Douberley followed with a walk, but Kline got the next at-batter to pop out and Simon threw out Benton leaning too far at second base to quash the threat.

Alexa Lewis opened the Eagles third inning with a single to right field before moving to second on a sacrifice bunt from Jorgie Walker. Kline retired the next two Georgia Southern batters to avoid any damage.

Kline ran into trouble in the final two innings after allowing to first two batters to reach base, but retired the next three hitters each time to secure the shut out win.

Eagles’ starter Sarah Purviss (1-2) took the loss by allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits and two strikeouts in 1.2 innings. Allie Miles struck out six and allowed no hits in 5.1 innings of relief.

In game two, Kline led off the second inning with a single to right field and got pinch ran for by sophomore Morgan Kibler. Ouellet followed with an infield single, while both runners advanced to second and third on a passed ball. Schmidt plated Kibler in the next at-bat with a single to left field to give JU a 1-0 lead. Ouellet scored on an error from Schmidt’s stolen base attempt. Tuck later plated Schmidt with a single to center field to make it a 3-0 advantage.

Eppley allowed a single to Lewis to start the Eagles third inning. She would get forced out at second on Jorgie Walker’s fielder’s choice hit, while Eppley followed by getting Marie Fogle to fly out. Simon ended the inning by throwing out Walker trying to steal.

The Dolphins took a 5-0 lead in the fifth inning on a two-out, two-run homer to right field by Warner, while Schmidt closed out her stellar day with a three-run home run to left field in the sixth inning.

Georgia Southern scratched across two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a bases loaded ground out and a RBI single from MacKenzie Williams. Eppley settled down and pitched a scoreless seventh to lock down the win.

Brianna Streetmon (7-8) took the loss for the Eagles in game two, allowing five runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings of work. Megen Smith allowed three runs on three hits in 2.1 relief innings.

The Dolphins dive back into A-Sun play with a doubleheader on Friday at 4 p.m. against ETSU in Johnson City, Tenn.