Softball sweeps Presbyterian College in twin bill, 1-0 & 4-0
Head Coach Amanda Lehotak

Olivia Kline

Sophomore Sarah Sigrest and freshman Olivia Kline each recorded a complete-game shutout to help the JU softball team down Presbyterian College, 1-0 & 4-0, in doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at the JU Softball Complex.

The Dolphins’ (6-1) duo combined to limit the Blue Hose (4-2) to just three total hits on the day and recorded 13 strikeouts between the two games.

Sigrest (2-0) got her first shutout of the season in game one after fanning eight batters and surrendering two hits. Kline (2-0) struck out five batters and allowed one hit, while retiring the final 17 batters in order to get her first complete-game effort in just her second collegiate start. She also had an RBI single at the plate to help her own cause.

“The pitchers did very well for us today,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehtoak. “Sarah was dominant in her start, while Olivia continues to impress our staff. Even though our offense struggled, I was pleased with the way we got runs. This was a great effort today and we look forward to using the momentum again tomorrow.”

Leslie Hensley (1-1) allowed one unearned run on four hits and five strikeouts in six innings to take the game one loss for the Blue Hose. Mary Gordon (1-1) was tagged with the defeat in game two after surrendering four runs on 10 hits and three walks in six innings.

Offensively, junior Katarina Engler finished the doubleheader for JU going 3-for-5 with three runs scored, while junior Katie Kelly had a two-run double in game two. Junior Annike Don along with sophomores Amanda Schmidt and Kayla Ouellet each rounded out the day with multiple hits.

In game one, Schmidt broke up a scoreless game with an RBI hit in the third inning to give JU a 1-0 lead.

Engler reached on an infield single following a strikeout to sophomore Melissa Morales to start the inning. Engler moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ouellet, while Kelly followed with a walk. After each runner moved up a base on a wild pitch, Schmidt hit a slow roller back to the pitcher that Hensley threw back home, but Engler slid under the catcher’s tag to score JU’s first run of the game.

Sigrest retired the first 13 Blue Hose batters before giving up a one-out single in the fifth inning Hensley. Sigrest struck out the next two batters to end the possible threat and would go on to pitch two more scoreless frames to secure the win.

In game two, Don and Morales each had consecutive one-out singles in the second inning for JU. Engler advanced Don to third and Morales to second on a ground out, but Gordon got out of the jam by getting Ouellet to pop out to second base to end the inning.

JU freshman Morgan Kibler opened the third inning with a walk before moving to second in the next at-bat on a Schmidt groundout. After a pop out by senior Ashley Mora, Kibler used some heads up base running to score from second on a long infield single to shortstop by Kline to give JU a 1-0 advantage.

The Dolphins took a 3-0 lead in the fourth with the help of a two out, two-run single from Kelly.

Don led off the inning with a single to center field. After moving to second in the next at-bat on a sacrifice bunt by Morales, Don advanced to third on a shallow double to left field from Engler. Ouellet ground out to the pitcher, but Kelly followed a single to the right field to plate Don and Engler.

Ouellet added an insurance run in the sixth inning by plating Engler, while Kline retired the final 17 batters in order to complete the sweep.

The Dolphins close the series with the Blue Hose tomorrow at the JU Softball Complex with a single game at 11 a.m.