Softball takes two from USC Upstate, 3-2 (10) & 4-1
The JU softball team continues to survive the road grind after sweeping USC Upstate, 3-2 (10) & 4-1, in an Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader on Saturday in Spartanburg, S.C.

Sophomore Sarah Simon went 3-for-4 with the game-winning RBI in extra innings during game one for the Dolphins (28-12, 8-0 A-Sun), while junior Sarah Sigrest added 10 solid innings in the circle.

In the night cap, freshman Jacey Warner recorded three hits to pace the offense past the Spartans (32-7, 4-4) and sophomore Olivia Kline picked her third win this week.

“These were two more good efforts from our team,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We fell behind early in the first game, but did a great job of taking advantage of our opportunities to rally back. Olivia, as well as Sarah, each had good nights in the circle. Our goal is to continue to build off of this momentum as we go further.”

Sigrest (14-4) recorded her fifth straight win in A-Sun play for JU after allowing two runs on seven hits and seven strikeouts in 10 innings. After allowing two runs and six hits in the first three innings, Sigrest held her own by giving up a one hit in seven scoreless innings.

Kline (12-5) earned the game two win – allowing a run on four hits and two strikeouts in seven hits. She also added two hits at the plate, while senior Katie Kelly recorded two hits in game one to pass Jillian Mirante (184, 2006-08) for the JU all-time mark.

USC Upstate’s Morgan Childers (23-4) was the hard luck loser in game one despite striking out 16 batters in 10 innings of work. Childers allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hits and surrendered two walks. Hannah Alexander (9-3) took the game two loss by allowing four runs on 10 hits and five strikeouts in seven innings.

In game one, Lauren Quevedo led off the second inning with a solo home run to left field for the Spartans and Cheyanna Ohlrich made it a 2-0 game in the third on a two-out RBI single to score Ashley Butler.

In the top of the fifth inning, Kelly and Kline had consecutive singles to start the frame for JU, while freshman Miranda Fleming advanced the runners up a base on a sacrifice bunt. Junior Kayla Ouellet followed by plating Kelly with a sacrifice fly to left field to cut it to a 2-1 deficit.

Simon drew a walk to start the sixth inning and was pinch run for by senior Annike Don. Freshman Karson Tuck popped out on a drag bunt, but Warner followed with hard single that bounced off the third basemen’s glove. After a strike out, Kelly tied the game with a single to center field to plate Don who slid around the good throw from Katie Zauner.

The Spartans got a double from Kim Brasil to start the sixth inning, but Sigrest retired the next three batters to keep the game tied.

Following three scoreless frames, Erica Kaufman walked to start the Spartans’ ninth inning before getting pinch ran for by Erin Schattle. The Spartans moved Schattle to second on sacrifice bunt, while the Dolphins elected to intentionally walk Janna Lewis. The move paid off as Sigrest struck out Butler and junior Amanda Schmidt caught a linen-drive to end the inning.

In the JU 10th inning, Ouellet was placed on second for the international tiebreaker rule. Schmidt would pop out on a bunt, but Simon singled up the middle to score Ouellet who had to slide under another good throw from Zauner to take a 3-2 lead.

The Spartans had Erika Harris start on second in the bottom of the 10th inning and Quevedo was hit by a pitch in the first at-bat. Sigrest settled and got three straight fly outs to end the game.

In game two, the Dolphins got a pair of one-out singles from Schmidt and Simon in the third inning. After a pop out, Warner plated Schmidt with a single to center field. Kline followed with a single to the same spot to score Simon for the 2-0 advantage.

The Spartans scored a run in the fifth inning on a two-out RBI single from Lindsay Kelly to score pinch runner from Katelyn Molkenthin. Kelly stole second in the next at-bat, but Kline induced a fly out to end the inning.

With one out in the sixth inning, junior Brittany Eppley recorded a single to center field. Senior Katarina Engler pushed a bunt past the third basemen to reach first in the next at-bat, while Ouellet singled to center to load the bases. Schmidt scored Eppley with a sacrifice fly to center field and Simon followed with a walk to reload the bases. Alexander walked Tuck which plated Engler to give JU a 4-1 lead.

Kline retired the final six batters in the last two innings to secure JU’s sweep.

The Dolphins will make a brief stop at the JU Softball Complex on Tuesday to play Florida State in a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m.