Softball tames Florida A&M in doubleheader, 7-0 & 4-1
Head Coach Amanda Lehotak
Sarah Sigrest

Senior Ashley Iveson and sophomore Sarah Sigrest had two good outings in the circle to lead the JU softball team past Florida A&M, 7-0 & 4-1, in a doubleheader on Tuesday night at the JU Softball Complex.

Iveson (9-3) tied a career-best in strikeouts in game one with 13 and scattered three hits in seven shutout innings to help the Dolphins (21-7) secure the victory. Sigrest (6-2) got the game two win, allowing one run on four Lady Rattler (13-15) hits and fanning five in seven innings.

“This was another good sweep,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “Our pitchers were really on tonight and our team put together two solid games. Overall, we are ready for Thursday so we can dive into conference play.”

Offensively, sophomore Kayla Ouellet finished the twin bill going 4-for-7, while senior Kelly McKeon, junior Katie Kelly, sophomore Amanda Schmidt and sophomore Kayla Shavers each recorded multiple RBI on the day.

With two outs in game one, FAMU starter and eventual losing pitcher Jennifer Lindsey gave up consecutive walks with a runner on first to load the bases. Shavers followed with a linen-drive single to left field to plate two runners to give JU a 2-0 lead.

Lindsey allowed a leadoff single to McKeon in the second inning before issuing a walk to junior Katarina Engler. Amanda Reyes relieved Lindsey, who got a force out at third against the first batter she faced. Kelly tripled to right field in the next at-bat, scoring Engler and Ouellet, to give the Dolphins a 4-0 advantage. Schmidt plated Kelly with a sacrifice fly to right field to round out the scoring.

Iveson was in total control throughout the contest after striking out nine batters and allowing just two hits through the first four innings.

The Dolphins got two run in the seven inning as McKeon scored on an error and Schmidt had another run-scoring sacrifice fly. Iveson retired nine of the last 11 batters to secure the win for JU.

Lindsey (4-6) allowed four runs on two hits and five walks in an inning of work, while Reyes gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits and five strikeouts in five relief innings.

In game two, Engler led off the first inning with a walk before advancing to third on a double by Ouellet. Kelly scored Engler with a sacrifice fly to left field, while Ouellet came home on an error in the next at-bat to give JU another 2-0 early advantage.

Like Iveson, Sigrest was dealing in the early part of the contest by retiring the first eight batters before allowing a two-out single by Joyce Harold in the third inning. Jasmin Donaldson pushed her to third with a single down the right field line, while Tenisha Dixson plated Harold in the next at-bat with a single to center to make it a 2-1 deficit.

In the FAMU fourth inning, Erika Garcia reached on a walk and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice hit by Arianna Stewart. After a force out at third base, Sigrest induced a pop out by Shayla Clark and struck out Ashanti Williams looking to end the threat.

The Dolphins created breathing room in the bottom of the fourth inning after McKeon recorded a two out, two-run double to score freshmen Lauren Even and Morgan Kibler for the 4-1 lead.

Sigrest allowed just one hit over the next three scoreless innings to help JU record the sweep.

Reyes (9-8) surrendered four runs (three earned) on six hits, four strikeouts and three walks in six innings.

The Dolphins begin Atlantic Sun play on Thursday at 5 p.m. with a doubleheader at Florida Gulf Coast.