Softball outlasts Presbyterian College, 1-0
Head Coach Amanda Lehotak
Ashley Iveson

Seniors Brittany Abbott and Ashley Iveson led the Dolphins to their third straight shutout as the JU softball team downed Presbyterian College, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at the JU Softball Complex.

Abbott pitched 1.2 scoreless frames before giving way to Iveson (2-1), who fanned 11 batters and allowed just one hit in the final 5.1 innings to help the Dolphins (7-1) complete the three-game sweep.

Despite stranding 10 runners, sophomores Amanda Schmidt and Melissa Morales each paced JU with two hits, while freshman Olivia Kline plated JU’s game-winning run.

“This was another great pitching effort,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We planned for Brittany and Ashley to get some innings today and they certainly didn’t disappoint. Offensively, we made good contact, but just couldn’t get the hit to get our runners home. Despite this, I was still pleased with the output. We look forward to keeping momentum up because we have a tough test on Wednesday.”

The Blue Hose (4-3) got their lone hits from Amanda Miller and Taylor Staten, while Leslie Hensley (1-2) took the loss in the circle after allowing one run on five hits in three innings. Mary Gordon surrendered two hits in three scoreless relief innings for Presbyterian College.

In the first inning, Abbott got two quick outs before Staten singled to center field. Staten stole second, while Katie Anderson walked and Hensley was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Abbott got Rachel Parker to ground out back to her in the next at-bat to quash the threat.

Junior Katie Kelly laced a one-out double to the right field fence for JU in the bottom of the first inning. Schmidt advanced her to third on a shallow double to left field and Kline plated Kelly in the next at-bat on a ground out to second base to give JU a 1-0 lead.

The Dolphins got bases loaded with no outs in the third inning, but Hensley worked out of the jam with two infield fly outs and a strike out to keep JU off the board.

In the fifth inning, Schmidt was hit by a pitch to start the frame and then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Kline. After advancing to third on wild pitch, Schmidt tried to score on freshman Sarah Simon’s hard grounder to Miller at shortstop, but she threw her out at home to halt the Dolphins again.

Iveson proved one run was all she needed after striking out six of the final eight Blue Hose batters in the last three innings to secure the win.

The Dolphins return to action on Wednesday at home when they host Florida State for a single game at 5:30 p.m.