Softball splits a pair of games on Saturday at the Kickin’ Chicken Classic
The JU softball team had a very slow day at the plate en route to splitting a pair of games at the Kickin’ Chicken Classic on Saturday in Conway, S.C.

The Dolphins (9-4) were held to just one hit in a 4-0 loss to DePaul (4-4) to begin day. JU was once again limited to one hit against Eastern Kentucky (0-7), but got it at the right time as junior Katie Kelly drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 1-0 victory.

“This was not a great day at the plate for us,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We are a much better hitting team than we showed in the games today. Ashley did a great job in the circle to keep us in it. Overall, I’m happy to finish with a win and we look forward to ending on a higher note tomorrow.”

Senior right-handed pitcher Ashley Iveson (3-2) helped the Dolphins record their sixth shutout of the season after fanning 10 batters and scattering four hits in seven innings against the Colonels.

In the first game against the Blue Demons, freshman Olivia Kline (3-1) suffered her first collegiate loss by allowing four runs on five hits and two walks in seven innings. Sophomore Kayla Shavers got the lone JU hit at the plate.

Against the Colonels, senior Kelly McKeon reached on a throwing error by the shortstop to open the bottom of the seventh inning. Sophomore Kayla Ouellet followed with walk, while the Dolphins loaded the bases with a fielder’s choice hit by sophomore Brie Carmack. Kelly put an end to the game with a single through the left side to plate McKeon and give the Dolphins the win.

Eastern Kentucky got consecutive two-out singles from Shyenne Hussey and Jena Handley in the first inning, but Iveson worked out of the jam and allowed only two infield singles the rest of the game to help set up the Dolphins’ victory.

Kristin Perry (0-2) struck out seven batters, but issued eight walks and gave up the game-winning hit to take the loss for the Colonels. Handley finished with two of the four Eastern Kentucky hits.

Against DePaul, Annie Demas lead off the Blue Demons’ third inning with a walk and get pinch ran for by Sean Plese. After a pop out in the next at-bat, Plese stole second and then score on a double down the left field line by Becca Heteniak for the 1-0 lead. Heterniak scored a batter later on a single by Simone Ashkar to cap in the inning.

Brittney Yniguez was hit by a pitch to begin the fifth inning for DePaul. Kline would get the next batter to pop out, but Alex Morocco singled and Heterniak walked to load the bases. Tara Voss was hit by a Kline pitch to plate Yniguez and Morocco scored on a ground out in the next at-bat to give the Blue Demons a 4-0 lead.

In the seventh inning, Kelly drew a leadoff walk for the Dolphins. Freshman Lauren Even pinch run for Kelly and moved to second on an infield single by Shavers. Kline followed with a pop out, which the Blue Demons were able double up Even on to end the game.

Heterniak (3-3) struck out eight batters and allowed just one walk to get the complete-game shutout.

The Dolphins wrap the Kickin’ Chicken Classic with Coastal Carolina on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.