Softball shut out by No. 18 Florida State
Walks and fielding miscues haunted the JU softball team in an 8-0 (6) loss to No. 18 Florida State on a rain soaked Wednesday night at the JU softball Complex.

The Seminoles (11-1) recorded their sixth straight shutout by limiting the Dolphins (7-2) to just one hit on the evening and scoring five of their eight runs with two outs.

“This was not our night,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “You can’t give good teams like that extra chances to beat you and we did that in the game. We have to learn from our mistakes tonight and start getting ready for our tournament this weekend.”

Terese Gober (7-0) secured the win in the circle for the Seminoles after striking out six batters in two perfect innings of relief. Sarah Hamilton allowed one hit and had five strikeouts in three innings for the no-decision.

Senior Ashley Iveson (2-2) took the loss for the Dolphins by allowing four runs (two earned) on just one hit, but had five walks in three innings. Sophomore Sarah Sigrest surrendered four runs (one earned) on four hits in 2.2 relief innings.

Offensively, Carly Wynn finished 2-for-4 with four RBI, a double and triple to pace the Seminoles. Senior Kelly McKeon added the Dolphins’ lone hit of the night.

The Seminoles took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning with the help of a double-steal attempt.

With one out in the top of the first inning, Shayla Jackson reached on an infield single to the shortstop, while Robin Ahrberg followed with a walk. Jackson moved to third on fly out by Jen Lapicki. In the next at-bat, Ahrberg broke for second to draw JU’s attention which allowed Jackson enough time to score before she got tagged out.

In the JU second inning, freshman Olivia Kline led off with a walk. After a strikeout, junior Annike Don was hit by a pitch and McKeon followed with a bunt single to load the bases. Hamilton induced a swallow fly out by sophomore Melissa Morales and struck out sophomore Kayla Shavers to end the threat.

An error by Kline in the third inning paved the way for a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Jackson to give the Seminoles a 2-0 advantage.

In the fourth inning, the wheels came off for JU as Florida State extended its lead to 6-0 on RBI hits from Morgan Bullock and Wynn.

Lapicki and Ashley Stager opened the inning with consecutive walks, which chased Iveson from the game. Ahrberg moved the runners into scoring position on a ground out after Sigrest came into the game. Kristie McConn hit a ground ball in next at-bat that Morales fielded and missed picking off Lapicki, which loaded the bases. Morgan Bullock followed with a sacrifice fly to center to plate Lapicki, while Tiffani Brown reloaded the bases in the next at-bat on a Dolphins’ fielding error. Wynn took advantage of the opportunity by cleaning the bases with a double to right field to give Florida State a 6-0 lead.

Florida State added a run on a two-out double in the fifth and on a triple in the sixth, while the Seminoles’ pitchers combined to strike out the final eight Dolphin batters to secure the win.

The Dolphins will look to bounce back starting Friday when they play at the Kickin’ Chicken Classic in Conway, S.C. They play Eastern Kentucky at 11 a.m. and finish the first day with Canisius College at 4 p.m.