FRIDAY, APRIL 09, 2010
Softball sweeps ETSU, 4-2 & 8-2
Head Coach Amanda Lehotak
Olivia Kline

Freshman Olivia Kline had seven scoreless innings of relief, while junior Katie Kelly added a three-run home run to lead the JU softball team past ETSU, 4-2 & 8-2, in Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader on Friday night at the JU Softball Complex.

The Dolphins (25-15, 4-6 A-Sun) scored two runs off five Lady Buccaneer (14-26, 3-7) walks in the fifth inning in game one and Kline tossed two perfect innings to record her first collegiate save.

In game two, Kline (7-4) pitched five scoreless relief frames and allowed just two hits, while Kelly homered in the second inning to help secure the sweep.

“This was a good team effort,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We had contributions in all facets of the game, which helped us beat a really good team tonight. As long as we play like we did tonight, we can compete against USC Upstate tomorrow. “

Senior Ashley Iveson (11-6) set a new career best in wins during the game one victory after allowing two runs on seven hits and four strikeouts in five innings. Sophomore Sarah Sigrest allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and three strikeouts in two innings for the no-decision in game two. The three JU pitchers also combined to allow no walks in the two games for the ninth total time this season.

Offensively, Kelly finished with four RBI and two hits during the two games, while freshman Sarah Simon went 3-for-6 with two RBI and two runs to pace the Dolphins.

In the JU first inning of game one, Kelly doubled to lead off the half, while sophomore Amanda Schmidt recorded a walk following a strikeout to sophomore Kayla Ouellet. Kelly was forced out a third base on Simon’s hit in the next at-bat. Sophomore Kayla Shavers followed with a hit to ETSU starter and eventual losing pitcher Darci Gilbert, who overthrew first and allowed Schmdit to score. Senior Kelly McKeon played Simon with a single to give JU a 2-0 advantage.

The Lady Bucs cut the lead to 2-1 in the fourth inning on a bases-loaded single to center field from Marlina Delisa to score Trisha Massenzo.

In the ETSU fifth inning, Cheniece Cason doubled down the left field line and advanced to third on sacrifice bunt by Lucy Schneider. Katy Jett plated Cason on a single to center in the next at-bat to tie the game at 2-2 for the Lady Bucs.

After Schmidt grounded out to open the JU fifth inning, Gilbert issued three straight walks to loaded the bases. Gilbert was relived for Marissa Hardy, who walked in two runs to give JU a 4-2 lead.

Kline took over for Iveson in the sixth inning and slammed the door shut by retiring the next six batters for the save.

Gilbert (4-5) allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits, five walks and a strikeout in 4.1 innings, while Hardy gave up one hit in 1.2 relief innings.

In game two, the Dolphins took another 2-0 first inning lead after Kline singled home Ouellet and McKeon plated Schmidt on a sacrifice fly.

Kelly extended the advantage to 5-2 in the second inning with a three-run homer to left field to score sophomore Melissa Morales and junior Annike Don, who each walked to start the half.

In the third inning, Cason lead off with a single to third base before scoring in the next at-bat on a double by Schneider. Sigrest was relived for Kline, who got Jett to pop out, but a dropped fly ball in right field on hit by Massenzo allowed Schneider to reach third. Massenzo scored in the next at-bat on a ground out to make it a 5-2 deficit.

Senior Amber Moseley began the JU fifth inning with a single to left field before moving to second on a ground out by Morales. Sophomore Brie Carmack pinch hit for Don and advanced Moseley to third on a single to center field. Don was reinserted at first base and stole second base. Kelly followed with a sacrifice fly to right field to score Moseley. After another base hit, Simon made it an 8-2 lead with a two-run single to score Don and Ouellet.

Kline finished her five scoreless innings by sitting down eight of the final nine ETSU hitters to secure the victory.

ETSU starter Shelby Morris (1-6) took the loss, allowing five runs on three hits and three walks in 1.2 innings. Gilbert allowed three runs in 3.1 innings, while Hardy had a scoreless relief inning.

The Dolphins take on USC Upstate tomorrow at the JU Softball Complex in a conference twin bill starting at 1 p.m. The Dolphins will also honor seniors Brittany Abbott, Amber Moseley, Ashley Iveson, Kelly McKeon and Ashley Mora between the contests. Fans can keep up with the games through live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.