Softball splits doubleheader at Georgia Southern
After falling 2-1 in the first game, the JU softball team bounced back with a 4-3 win in extra innings to split a doubleheader with Georgia Southern at Eagle Field on Tuesday evening.

The Dolphins (9-10) built a 2-1 lead in the second game before the Eagles (7-8) tied it on a two-out double in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings. After each trading a run in the eighth, the Dolphins got a game-winning single from freshman Kayla Shavers, while freshman Sarah Sirgest pitched a scoreless bottom of ninth inning to secure the win.

Sigrest (5-5) allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and six strikeouts in 6.1 innings of relief to get the win in the second game. Megen Smith (0-2) took the loss in the second game after surrendering four runs (two earned) on eight hits in the nine innings for the Eagles, while junior Brittany Abbott scattered four hits and allowed no runs in 2.2 innings for a no decision for JU.

Offensively, sophomore Katie Kelly went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the second game to pace the Dolphins after having her nine-game hitting streak snapped in the first contest. Along with Shavers, senior Alexis Novak and junior Simone Bruemmer each had run-scoring hits in the win.

“Tonight, it was a pitcher’s duel in first game and a straight battle in the second,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We were just unlucky on one pitch in the first game. In the second game, I was pleased with how our team got the key hits at the right time, which helped us get the win. Overall, we played well and I hoped we keep this momentum going for Friday’s conference opener.”

The Eagles earned the game one victory behind a two-out, two-run home run from freshman Marie Fogle in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Junior Ashley Iveson (2-4) was tagged with the loss in first game after surrendering two runs on four hits and five strikeouts in five innings of work, while freshman Brie Carmack had a hit and scored the lone run in the game one.

Brianna Streetmon (2-2) earned the win for the Eagles in game one, allowing one unearned run on just two hits and four strikeouts in seven innings.

Fogle and Hanna Ennis each had a combined three hits in the double header to lead the Eagles.

In third inning of game two, freshman Melissa Morales recorded a one-out single to third base. Morales stole second, while Kat Engler followed with a walk. Kelly plated Morales in the next at-bat with a single to center field to give the Dolphins a 1-0 lead.

The Eagles tied the game in the fourth inning with a two-out solo home run by Kristan Glover off Sigrest.

Two innings later, Bruemmer put the Dolphins’ back on top with a two-out, pinch-hit single to plate Mora for a 2-1 advantage.

Sigrest opened the bottom of the seventh inning with a pop out from Fogle, but issued a walk to Nina Iduate in the next at-bat. After a strikeout to Ennis, Robyne Siliga doubled to center field to score Iduate and force extra innings.

The Dolphins got a run-scoring sacrifice fly from Novak to plate junior Kelly McKeon in the eighth inning, but the Eagles tied it again with a sacrifice fly themselves in the bottom half to keep the game going.

In the top of the ninth inning, freshman Amanda Schmidt moved Mora to third on a sacrifice bunt after she was placed on second base for the international tiebreaker rule. Shavers followed a single to right field to plate Mora and give the Dolphins the game-winning score.

In second inning of game one, Carmack reached on fielding error by Siliga. After moving to third following two consecutive outs, Carmack scored on an illegal pitch to give the Dolphins a 1-0 advantage.

In the fifth inning, Mackenzie Williams recorded a two-out single from Georgia Southern to break up a string of four consecutive outs by Iveson. Fogle followed with a home run to left field to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead.

After two scoreless frames, Carmack had a one-out single in the seventh inning for the Dolphins. She moved to second on a passed ball, but Streetmon induced two consecutive groundouts to quash the rally and secure the win.

The Dolphins open the Atlantic Sun schedule on Friday at home with a doubleheader against Campbell. First pitch in game one is set for 5 p.m.