Softball falls in twin bill to Georgia Southern, 5-3 & 4-2

The Dolphins’ losing streak ran to a season-high four games as the JU softball team dropped a doubleheader to Georgia Southern, 5-3 & 4-2, on Tuesday night at the JU Softball Complex.

Megen Smith paced the Eagles (19-12) by hitting two of their four home runs for four RBI and pitching a solid game two in the circle to help sweep the Dolphins (21-11), who drop their first pair of games at home this season.

“We weren’t fully there tonight,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We played hard, but we were missing one or two things to help put us over the top. This is a very good team we played and they beat us because we were not sharp. Our goal is to regroup and fix our mistakes in practice since we get back into conference play on Thursday.”

Brianna Streetmon (13-4) got the win in game one for the Eagles by allowing just three runs (two earned) on four hits and eight strikeouts in seven innings. In game two, Smith (5-7) surrendered two runs on five hits, three walks and two strikeouts in seven innings to snag the victory.

For JU, freshman Olivia Kline (5-3) took the game one loss after allowing five runs on seven hits in five innings of work. Sophomore Sarah Sigrest (6-4)was tagged with the second loss, allowing three runs on five hits in 4.1 innings. Senior Ashley Iveson logged two scoreless relief innings in game one before allowing a run in 2.2 innings of work in the nightcap.

Offensively, the Dolphins had at least nine players finish with a hit, while freshman Sarah Simon had a two-run blast in game two for her lone hit. Hanna Ennis tallied a pair of hits each game to lead the Eagles.

In game one, the Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the second inning after Ennis popped a bunt over senior Amber Moseley’s head along the first base line to score Caitlin Hart from third.

Streetmon recorded two quick outs in the JU half of second inning before Simon reached first on dropped third strike error by Jenny Side. Sophomore Melissa Morales and senior Kelly McKeon were each hit by a pitch in consecutive at-bats to load the bases, but Streetmon got out of the jam with a groundout from junior Katarina Engler.

With one out in the fourth inning, sophomore Kayla Shavers reached first from a wild pitch on a strikeout, while Simon advanced her to second with a single to right field. After an out to Morales, the runners would move into scoring position on a wild pitch. Streetmon walked McKeon, but unleashed another wild pitch that got away from Side behind the plate and allowed to Shavers to score to tie the game. The Eagles ended the damage as they got McKeon out trying to advance for second on the play.

Smith would distance the Eagles in the next inning with a two out, three-run homer to left center field for a 4-1 advantage.

The Dolphins cut the deficit to a run by scoring two more times on wild pitches in the fifth inning, but Ennis plated Sam Russo following her leadoff double in the sixth to give the Eagles a 5-3 lead.

Streetmon retired six of the final seven JU batters in the last two innings to secure the win.

In game two, Side and Smith gave the Eagles a 2-0 advantage with solo homers in the second and third innings.

The Eagles made it 3-0 from a RBI single by Kelly Burnett in the fifth, while Ennis homered in the sixth inning during her final at-bat of the night.

Smith retired the first two batters in the sixth before allowing a walk to Shavers. Simon followed with a homer over the left field scoreboard to cut the Eagles’ lead in half for the Dolphins.

After Iveson retired the Eagles in order in the seventh, the Dolphins’ chances of coming back were quickly eliminated as Smith used less than six pitches to end JU’s night.

The Dolphins look to bounce back against Belmont on Thursday at 4 p.m. for an Atlantic Sun doubleheader at the JU Softball Complex. Fans can watch the games live through video streaming on A-Sun.TV or on live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.