Softball’s offense explodes for two wins at Saturday’s USF Under Armour Invitational
The Dolphins’ offense was clicking on all cylinders as the JU softball team downed Temple and Austin Peay on Saturday evening at the USF Under Armour Invitational in Clearwater, Fla.

The Dolphins (12-6) used a six hit, seven-run third inning en route to a 12-1 victory against the Owls (3-5) to open the day. In the night cap, JU secured an 8-0 win over the Governors (4-12) after scoring at least one run every inning.

“This was a great way to bounce back,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “After yesterday’s games, I wanted our team to be more aggressive and they did it tonight. We have to find a way to sustain this kind of momentum because it will definitely help us in the long run."

Freshman Olivia Kline (4-1) got the win in the circle against Temple after allowing just one run on five hits in five inning. She also hit her first collegiate home run, a two-run shot in the fourth inning. Kline finished her night going 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI against Austin Peay.

Senior Ashley Iveson (4-3) secured the win against the Governors after allowing just three hits and fanning 11 batters to get her third complete-game shutout this season.

Offensively, junior Katarina Engler and sophomore Kayla Ouellet paced the lineup by each going 4-for-9 in the two games, while also scoring a combined five runs. Ouellet recorded two RBI each game and sophomore Amanda Schmidt was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI against the Owls.

Against Temple, the Dolphins took a 4-0 lead in the second inning with the help of RBI double from sophomore Kayla Shavers.

Sophomore Amanda Schmidt opened the inning with a double to left field. She advanced third on a wild pitch as Kline drew ball four for a walk. Freshman Sarah Simon plated Schmidt with a sacrifice fly to right field to give the Dolphins the early lead, while Shavers doubled home freshman pinch runner Lauren Even from second. After a walk to sophomore Brie Carmack, senior Kelly McKeon scored Shavers on a single down the left field line for the 3-0 advantage. McKeon scored on a single by Ouellet to cap the inning.

The Dolphins put the game out of reach in the third inning after scoring seven runs on six hits for an 11-0 advantage.

Kline homered to right field in the second at-bat to plate Schmidt, who led off the third with a single to left field. Simon reached on error, but was forced out at second on a Shavers’ hit to third. Shavers moved to second on fielding error that was hit by senior Ashley Mora. McKeon scored Shavers in the next at-bat with a single to left field, while Engler reached on an infield hit to load the bases. Ouellet drove in a run on a single to center and junior Katie Kelly double to left field to plate two more runners. Schmidt scored Ouellet on a sacrifice fly to center to round out the inning.

Ali Robinson homered to lead off the fourth inning for the Owls, while Danielle Fagan followed with double. After a ground out, Kayla Cook walked, but Kline got the next two batters out to end the inning.

The Dolphins got an RBI hit from Engler in the bottom of the fourth inning and Kline tossed a scoreless fifth to secure the win.

Kristen Marris (2-2) took the loss for the Owls in the circle, allowing four runs on four hits in two innings. Crystal Nyman and Amanda Branco combined to allow eight runs (two earned) in just an inning of relief.

Against Austin Peay, Schmidt gave JU a 1-0 lead in the first inning with a two-out single to plate Engler.

The Lady Governors got the first two Dolphin batters out in the second inning, but sophomore Melissa Morales singled up the middle to keep the JU half going. McKeon walked in the next at bat, while Engler reached on an infield single to load the bases. Ouellet hit a grounder to Brittany Williams that she misplayed, allowing Morales to score for 2-0 advantage. McKeon was thrown out at the plate trying to take advantage of the error.

In the third inning, Kelly led off with a double to center field and moved to third in the next at-bat when Schmidt reached on fielding error. Schmidt was forced out at second on a fielder’s choice hit by Kline which gave Kelly enough time to score and extend JU’s lead to 3-0.

Randall Davenport drew a one-out walk for Austin Peay in the bottom of the third inning. After a strikeout, Detra Farley advanced Davenport to second on a single to left field. Catie Cozart sent a high fly ball to center in the next at-bat, but Ouellet caught it along the warning track to end the inning.

Ouellet plated Engler with a two-out double in the fourth inning, while Kline homered in the fifth inning to give the Dolphins a 5-0 advantage.

With one out in the sixth inning, Ouellet reached first on another error by Williams. Ouellet stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch before beating a throw home on a grounder hit by Kelly to make it a 6-0 lead.

JU got two more runs in the seventh inning, while Iveson retired the final 10 Lady Governor batters in order to secure the win.

Morgan Brewer (3-3) allowed one run on two hits in just 0.2 innings to take the loss for Austin Peay. Ashley Bolda surrendered five runs (two earned on seven hits and three strikeouts in five innings. Abby Mabry gave up two runs on four hits in 1.1 relief innings.

The Dolphins finish the USF Under Armour Invitational on Sunday against Loyola-Chicago at 11 a.m.