Softball knocks off Virginia Tech, 11-7
The weather was cold, but the Dolphins’ bats were not as the JU softball team slugged its way to an 11-7 victory over Virginia Tech at the JU Tournament on Saturday night.

The Dolphins (2-0), who downed Drexel earlier in the day, pounded out 13 hits on the evening, including a six hit, seven-run second inning to help pull away with the win.

Sophomore Amanda Schmidt recorded a team-best three RBI and was one of five Dolphins with two hits. Sophomore Sarah Sigrest (1-0) secured the win in the circle after allowing seven runs (four earned) on 10 hits and two strikeouts in seven innings.

“This was a great day,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We showed great signs in our first games and beat two very good opponents. I am happy with the way we jumped on Virginia Tech early, but our defense hurt us a little bit. I know we can work on playing a complete game as the season progresses. Overall, I’m happy with the team’s effort and looking forward to using the momentum to finish on a high note.”

The Hokies (1-1) got three hits and an RBI from Whitney Davis, while Courtney Liddle finished with three RBI.

Despite recording 10 strikeouts, Kenzie Roark (0-1) took the loss for Virginia Tech after allowing eight runs (three earned) on seven hits in six innings. Jasmin Harrell allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits in an inning of relief.

After an RBI double from junior Katie Kelly in the first inning, the Dolphins opened the flood gates in their next half up with a six hit, seven-run inning to take a 8-0 lead.

Freshman Sarah Simon began the inning with a walk, while junior Annike Don followed with a single to center. After a ground out by sophomore Melissa Morales moved each runner up a base, freshman Lauren Even, pinch running for Simon, scored from third on a low looping single to left field by junior Katarina Engler.

The Dolphins would load the bases on error in the next at-bat before Don scored on fielder’s choice by Kelly to make a 4-0 advantage. Schmidt and freshman Olivia Kline would each drive in two more runs on singles to cap the big inning.

The Hokies got two runs in the bottom of the second inning with the help of four JU errors, but RBI singles by Kelly and Kline in the third inning helped give the Dolphins a 10-2 lead.

In the third inning, Sigrest retired the first two batters before surrendering a double to Liddle. Kristin Gabel followed with a double to left field and moved to third on the play on a throwing error by Engler. Davis plated Gabel on a single in the next at-bat to make a 10-4 deficit.

Richelle McGarva plated a runner in the fourth inning for the Hokies on a single up the middle, but senior Ashley Mora added her third RBI of the entire day on a two-out single to score Kelly in the sixth inning to extend JU’s lead to 11-5.

The Hokies got a leadoff single by Misty Hall to start the seventh inning. After a pop out to Simon, Liddle homered to left field to cut the Hokies deficit to four runs. Sigrest would settle down and get the next two batters to fly out to secure the win.

The Dolphins begin the final day of the JU Tournament against UNC Greensboro tomorrow at 3 p.m. They finish the tournament against in-state rival Bethune-Cookman at 5 p.m.