Softball blanks Coastal Carolina in Kickin’ Chicken Classic finale, 6-0
Senior Kelly McKeon and sophomore Amanda Schmidt each drove in two runs, while sophomore Sarah Sigrest got her second complete-game shutout to help the JU softball team defeat host Coastal Carolina, 6-0, in the Kickin’ Chicken Classic finale on Sunday afternoon.

After recording just one hit in both games on Saturday, the Dolphins (10-4) score six runs on a nine hits to secure their seventh shutout win.

Sigrest (3-1) scattered four hits and struck four batters in seven innings to get the win. McKeon finished 2-for-3 at the plate, while Schmidt plated both of her runs without recording a hit. Junior Katarina Engler scored twice for JU and finished with a hit.

“This was a good way to end it,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “I thought we hit very well today and Sarah looked sharp in the circle. We need to continue to build on what we are doing as we start to head closer to the conference schedule.”

Ashley Frederick (3-4) was tagged for the loss in the circle for the Lady Chanticleers (5-7) after allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits and two strikeouts. Michelle Evans gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits and five strikeouts in four innings of relief.

With one out in the first inning, Engler was hit by a pitch from Frederick. Engler stole second and moved to third on a pass ball before junior Katie Kelly walked. Schmidt plated Engler in the next at-bat on a suicide squeeze bunt to give JU a 1-0 lead.

Freshman Sarah Simon doubled to right field to lead off the second inning before moving to third on a passed ball. After Frederick got junior Annike Don to pop out, McKeon singled through the left side to scored and extended JU’s lead.

The Dolphins made it a 3-0 lead in the third inning as Engler scored on error during Schmidt’s at bat.

In the fourth inning, Olivia Piccirillo reached on one-out infield single for the Lady Chanticleers. She moved to third on ground out by Ashley Tornatore in the next at-bat, but Sigrest induced a fly out by Stacy Snellings to get out of the inning.

JU tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning on hits from hits from McKeon and Ouellet to secure a 5-0 lead.

Freshman Olivia Kline opened the sixth inning with a single up the middle. Freshman Lauren Even was inserted as a pinch runner for Kline and moved to second on a wild pitch. After a walk, Even advanced to third on a fielder’s choice hit by sophomore Kayla Shavers. Evans struck out Don in the next at bat, but gave up a single to McKeon to plate Even. Shavers scored on an infield hit by Ouellet to cap in the inning.

The Dolphins got another run on a two-error in the seventh inning, while Sigrest held Coastal Carolina to one hit in the final three innings to secure the JU win.

JU will stay in the tournament slate as the Dolphins compete in the USF Under Armour Tournament starting March 5 in Clearwater, Fla. The Dolphins will open against Memphis at 4 p.m. before closing the first day against St. Joseph’s at 6 p.m.