Softball ends first day of Kickin’ Chicken Classic with 5-0 loss to Canisius College
The JU softball team just couldn’t get the offensive spark they had earlier in the day as the Dolphins fell to Canisius College, 5-0, to close out the first day of the Kickin’ Chicken Classic in Conway, S.C.

After scoring 10 runs on nine hits in the EKU win, the Dolphins (8-3) were held to four hits by Amanda Baun (3-2) who also fanned three batters and allowed no walks to get the complete-game shutout.

Lauren Hope, Kerry Ulmer and Emily Helbig each finished with two hits to help lead the Golden Griffins (6-5) to their sixth straight win.

“We didn’t come to play and Canisius did,” said JU softball Amanda Lehotak. “We knew they had a good offense and they just out hit us. We got hurt by not being prepared so hopefully we can learn from this before we head into tomorrow.”

Sophomore Sarah Sigrest (2-1) took the loss in the circle for the Dolphins after allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and three strikeouts in four innings. Senior Ashley Iveson surrendered one run on four hits in three innings of relief.

Offensively, the Dolphins got a team-best two hits from sophomore Kayla Ouellet, while freshman Olivia Kline and senior Ashley Mora each finished with a single.

In the second inning, Katie Lancellotti had a led off single for the Golden Griffins and advanced to second in the next at-bat on a fielder’s choice hit. Helbig followed with a single up to the middle to load the bases. Amanda Cannizzo plated Lancelotti in the next at-bat with a single to center to give Canisius a 1-0 lead.

The Golden Griffins extended their lead to 2-0 in the fourth inning on a lead-off home run by Ulmer.

Hope opened the fifth inning with an infield single to the shortstop before moving to third in the next at-bat on a throwing error by senior Kelly McKeon. Michelle Fridey followed with a single up the middle to plate Hope and Sigrest hit the next batter to load the bases. Iveson came into the game and helped the Dolphins get two force outs at home, but Helbig had an RBI single to left field to give the Golden Griffins a 4-0 lead.

In the sixth inning, Canisius took 5-0 lead as Hope scored on fielder’s choice hit by Fridey.

The Dolphins showed life in the bottom of the seventh inning as Mora and Kline recorded consecutive one-out singles. Freshman Lauren Even pinch ran for Kline and got cut down at second on a fielder’s choice hit by freshman Sarah Simon, but Mora advanced to third safely on the play. Simon got forced out at second during the next at-bat to quash the late rally.

The Dolphins open the second day of the classic on Saturday with DePaul at 2:30 p.m. before finishing with Eastern Kentucky again at 4:45 p.m. Fans can follow both games on live stats through gametracker by logging onto