Softball sweeps Toledo in doubleheader, 12-4 (6) & 8-0 (5)
Head Coach Amanda Lehotak

Sophomore Kayla Shavers finished with two doubles and five RBI, while freshman Sarah Simon recorded two home runs in the first game to help the JU softball team sweep Toledo, 12-4 (6) & 8-0 (5), in a doubleheader on Wednesday night at the JU Softball Complex.

The Rockets (2-12) jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first inning of game one, but the Dolphins (15-6) scored 12 unanswered with the help of Simon’s two homer performance to secure the win. In the nightcap, Shavers paced JU going 3-for-4 with three RBI as the Dolphins scored all eight of their runs with two outs to take the game two win.

“These were two solid victories,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “I’m proud of the character we showed this evening after getting in a hole during the first game. They patiently got themselves back into it and never gave back the momentum to Toledo after we took the lead in game one. We will continue to improve as we get ready for our last non-conference tournament on Friday.”

Despite surrendering four runs the first inning of game one, sophomore Sarah Sigrest (4-2) allowed just a hit over the next five innings and fanned four batters to get the win in the circle.

Senior Ashley Iveson (6-3) has not allowed a run in the last 17 innings after tossing five scoreless frames to get the game two win. She allowed three hits and struck out five batters in the victory.

Offensively, Simon finished with three RBI in game one, while five different JU players drove in two runs apiece. Sophomore Kayla Ouellet had two hits in each game and scored three times on the day to help the cause.

Trailing 4-0 in the third inning of game one, senior Kelly McKeon opened with a double to third and moved to third in the next at-bat after sophomore Melissa Morales reached on a fielding error by the third basemen. Junior Katarina Engler followed with a walk to load the bases, while sophomore Kayla Ouellet plated McKeon with a single to give the Dolphins a 1-0 lead. Junior Katie Kelly added another single to score Morales, but left fielder Audrey Harner threw out Engler at the plate as she was trying to score. Sophomore Amanda Schmidt flew out to left field in the next at-bat and Harner threw out Ouellet at home to avoid in the further damage.

Kline led off the fourth inning with a home run to right field. After a Shavers’ fly out, Simon homered to the same spot as Kline to tie the game at four.

In the fifth inning, Engler recorded a single and stole second before advancing to third on an infield single by Ouellet. Kelly bunted Engler home on a suicide squeeze, while also moving to second on the play after the Rockets left the base open. Schmidt would get called out on a bunt attempt in the next at-bat, but Kline and Shavers added RBI hits to give the Dolphins a 7-4 lead. Simon followed with a two-run homer to left field to cap the JU inning.

Ouellet and Kelly each had RBI hits in the sixth, while Shavers secured the win with a run-scoring double to left field.

The Rockets got to an early 4-0 lead in the first inning with the help of a three-run double by Lacey LeVier.

Brooke Gates took the loss for the Rockets in the first game after allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits in 3.1 innings. Shana Szpka and Hannah Rockhold allowed a combined eight runs in 2.1 relief innings.

In game two, Shavers singled to left field to score Kelly to give the Dolphins a 1-0 advantage in the first inning.

The Dolphins added four runs with two outs in the third inning for a 5-0 lead with the help of a two-run double by McKeon.

Schmidt and Kline each singled to begin frame before moving into scoring position on a passed ball. After Rockhold got two quick outs, McKeon recorded her second double of the day to plate both runners for a 3-0 advantage. Morales and Engler each drew walks in the next two at-bats to load the bases, while Ouellet reached on an infield single that scored McKeon. Kelly followed with another walk, which plated Morales to round out the scoring.

In the third inning, Kate Ricchio reached on a one-out single to right field and got pushed to third base in the next at-bat on a double by LeVier. Iveson got Gates to ground out to Schmidt at third, while Kline threw out LeVier trying to advance to quash the threat.

Schmidt singled home Ouellet with two outs in the fifth inning and Shavers once again ended the contest with a double, a two-run hit to center field.

Rockhold was tagged the loss in game two , allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and five walks in 2.2 innings. Whitney Young gave up three runs on four hits in the final two innings.

The Dolphins return to action on Friday in Boca Raton, Fla. as they compete in the FAU Parent’s Weekend Tournament. They play Syracuse at 9 a.m. before finishing the day with Western Kentucky at 1 p.m.