Softball defeats Drexel in JU tournament opener, 3-0
The JU softball team used a pair of timely hits and a strong pitcher performance from senior Ashley Iveson to defeat Drexel, 3-0, on Saturday in the second game of the JU Tournament.

Senior Ashley Mora and Brie Carmack each had two out run-scoring singles to help the Dolphins (1-0) to their first win of the season.

Iveson (1-0) held the Dragons (1-1) hitless through the first five innings and finished allowing three hits, while fanning five batters to get the complete-game shutout victory.

“This was a good start,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We had some small mistakes, but that’s expected in the first game. Ashley pitched really well in the circle, while our hitters had some really good at-bats. Hopefully, we can carry this performance over tonight against Virginia Tech.”

Hanna Parrish, Ashley Botelho and Katrina Gaudier each recorded hits for the Dragons. Gaudier (0-1) took the loss after giving up three runs (two earned) on nine hits and a strikeout in six innings.

The Dolphins used the lineup card early in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead on a two out, pinch-hit single from Carmack.

Freshmen Olivia Kline and Sarah Simon recorded consecutive singles following a ground out by Mora to start the inning. Junior Annike Don flew out to center, but sophomore Melissa Morales kept the inning alive after reaching on an error by the Dragons’ shortstop. Carmack was inserted in the lineup and drove the first pitch she saw back up the middle to plate Kline for the early lead.

In the fifth inning, Morales, junior Katarina Engler and sophomore Kayla Ouellet opened with three straight singles to load the bases for JU, but Drexel got a force out at home and a strikeout in the next two at-bats. Mora followed with a single to right field to score Engler and Ouellet for a 3-0 advantage.

Simon got a double play on a bunt attempt by Devon Metcalf in the sixth, but Paige Collings drew a walk in the next at-bat and Botelho moved her to second on a single to left field. Iveson was able to get Jennifer Reading to hit a grounder to sophomore Amanda Schmidt at third, who stepped bag for the force out to end the inning.

Iveson retired the Dragons in order in the seventh inning to secure the victory for JU.

The Dolphins closed out the tournament day against Virginia Tech at the JU Softball Complex. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.