Softball sweeps Campbell on Senior Day, 1-0 & 2-1 (9)
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Strong defense and a walk-off homer run by sophomore Olivia Kline helped the JU softball team sweep Campbell, 1-0 & 2-1 (9), in an Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader on Saturday at the JU Softball Complex.

The Dolphins (33-14, 12-2 A-Sun) scored a run in game one on a bases-loaded hit by pitch, while getting two double plays and another good defensive inning to secure the win. Sophomore Olivia Kline tossed nine strong innings against the Camels (27-22, 9-7) before hitting the first pitch she saw in the bottom of the inning into a strong wind in center field for the walk-off homer.

“These were two strong wins,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “That was the strongest wind conditions we have played in all year, but our kids found a way to win each game. I’m very proud of the effort and looking forward to another dog fight on Monday.”

Junior Sarah Sigrest (17-5) broke the single-season record in wins in game one after striking out five and scattering two hits in seven scoreless innings. Kline (14-6) allowed a run on five hits and six strikeouts in nine innings for the win in game two.

Offensively, junior Amanda Schmidt and freshman Jacey Warner each had double in game one, while senior Katie Kelly and sophomore Sarah Simon both recorded in game two.

The Dolphins also honored Katie Kelly, Jackie Samuels, Brie Carmack, Annike Don and Katarina Engler for Senior day between the contests.

In game one, junior Kayla Ouellet legged out a single to the shortstop with one out in the third inning. Schmidt advanced her to second with a ground out, while Simon and freshman Karson Tuck each walked to load the bases. Campbell starter and eventual losing pitcher Britanny Arnn hit fWarner with a pitch in the next at-bat which scored Ouellet for the 1-0 JU lead.

The run was all JU needed as Sigrest and the defense worked out of three potential threats.

Sigrest allowed her first hit of the game on a one-out bunt single to Keeli Michael in the third inning. Sigrest got out of inning by having the next batter roll into a 6-4-3 double play.

With one out in the top of the fourth inning, Sarah Forgacs reached on an error for Campbell. Sigrest followed with a strike out and sophomore Sarah Simon threw out Forgacs stealing the play to end the inning.

Michael reached on a single in the sixth inning, but was forced out at second on a bunt attempt back to the pitcher by Shaela Churchhill. Schmidt forced out the runner at second on a fielder’s choice in the next at-bat, while Ouellet caught a slicing fly ball in left center field to quash the threat. Sigrest tossed a perfect seventh to secure the JU victory.

Arnn (5-8) allowed one run on two hits and four walks in five innings for Campbell in the loss.

In game two, Lauren Stephan led off the Campbell third inning with a single to left field and advanced to second in the second on a ground out by Christina Melton. Kline struck out the next batter, but Keeli Michael sneaked a single through the right side of the infield to score Stephan for the 1-0 advantage.

The Dolphins tied the game at one in the fourth inning on a two-out single by freshman Meagan Balding.

In the fifth inning, Schmidt reached on a fielder’s choice hit with two outs, while Simon and Tuck each followed with singles to load the bases. Camel’s starter Katie Woodcock got Warner to ground out to first to quash the threat.

Campbell’s Katie Hinton reached from an error on a bunt attempt with one out in the sixth inning, while Amanda Miller followed with a bunt past the Dolphins defense. Kelly made a diving stab on a grounder in the next at-bat and flipped it to third for the force out, but Taylor McGee walked to load the bases. Kline ended the threat after getting Raven Lee to pop out to second base.

After three scoreless frames, Kline hit the opening pitch of the ninth inning over the fence to send the Dolphins into jubilation at home plate and pick up their fifth extra innings win this season.

Woodcock (10-2) allowed two runs, one earned, on eight hits in eight innings to take the loss.

The Dolphins will host FGCU in a conference doubleheader on Monday at the JU Softball Complex. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m. and come early to join in the Margaritaville Monday promotion by the JU marketing department.