FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2010
Softball sweeps Savannah State on the road, 11-0 & 2-1
Freshman Olivia Kline finished with six total RBI and pitched five scoreless innings to help lead the JU softball team past Savannah State, 11-0 (5) & 2-1, in a non-conference doubleheader on Friday afternoon in Savannah, Ga.

Kline (5-2) tormented the Tigers (10-13) in game one after striking out seven and allowing two hits in five scoreless innings, while going 3-for-3 with two home runs and five RBI. She had the game-winning home run in the top of the seventh inning in the second game to help the Dolphins (19-7) get the sweep.

“Olivia was on fire today,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “She did a great job in the circle and really hit the ball well. Overall, it was another great team effort to get the wins. This momentum we are gaining will go a long way when conference play starts.”

Senior Ashley Iveson (5-2) got the win in relief in game two, allowing one hit and fanning two batters in 1.2 scoreless frames. Junior Jackie Samuels surrendered one run on a hit, while striking out four batters in four innings for a no-decision. Senior Brittany Abbott allowed two hits in 1.1 relief innings.

Offensively, freshman Sarah Simon went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs in game one. Sophomore Kayla Ouellet had two hits and junior Katie Kelly recorded an RBI single in the second game.

In the second inning of game two, Kline homered with one out to give JU the early lead. Sophomore Kayla Shavers followed with a double, while Simon plated her in the next at-bat with a single for the 2-0 advantage.

The Dolphins broke the game open with four consecutive run-scoring hits in a five-run third inning to take a 7-0 lead.

Ouellet reached third on a fielding error by the first baseman to open the inning and scored on a single by Kelly in the next at-bat, who advanced to second on the throw home. Schmidt plate Kelly with a hit and moved to second on an error. Kline singled to score Kline and moved to second on the play from the outfield’s throw. After a ground out by Shavers, Simon doubled home Kline before scoring on a single by sophomore Melissa Morales.

Kline recorded a three-run homer in the fourth inning and junior Annike Don hit a run in on a sacrifice fly to round out JU’s scoring.

Tiger’s starter Shannon Reno (2-1) took the loss in game one after allowing 10 runs (nine earned) on 10 hits in three innings. Cassie Standard gave up an unearned run in two innings of relief.

In game two, Ouellet scored on an error by the third basemen in the first inning to give JU a 1-0 advantage. Samuels would allow one hit through the first four innings before surrendering a leadoff walk to Brittany Wilson. Samuels got relieved for Abbott, while Mariah Tutt pinch-ran for Wilson. Tutt moved to second before advancing to third on ground out. Amber Wright scored Tutt with a sacrifice fly to center field to tie the game.

In the sixth inning, Shamyra Adams led off with a single for the Tigers. After a ground out, Adams advance to second on a single by Tiffany Taylor. Iveson came into the game and got a ground out in the first at-bat, while Kline threw out Adams trying to advance home to end the inning.

Kline extended her good fortune as she led off the seventh inning with a home run to give the Dolphins a 2-1 lead.

The Tigers got the tying run on second with one out in the bottom of the inning, but Iveson struck two of the final three batters to lock up the victory.

Madison Hedderly (5-6) was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on six hits and a strikeout in seven innings.

The Dolphins host Florida A&M in a doubleheader at the JU Softball Complex on Tuesday with the first pitch at 4 p.m.