Softball takes twin bill from USC Upstate, 7-2 & 4-3
Senior Ashley Iveson had two solid efforts in the circle to help the JU softball team down USC Upstate, 7-2 & 4-3, in an Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader on Senior Day at the JU Softball Complex.

The Dolphins (27-15, 6-6 A-Sun) had a six run, four-hit third inning to defeat the Spartans (26-10, 6-6) in game one before rallying from three-run deficit in the second game to secure their second straight conference sweep.

Iveson (13-6) got the game one win after fanning eight batters and allowing just two runs on seven hits in seven innings. She pitched two scoreless relief innings in game two to record her second win.

“I’m really proud of our team,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We beat a quality team with a good pitching staff. We wavered at the beginning of game two, but I was happy we kept battling to put ourselves in position for the win. Overall, we are starting to play well at the right time of the season.”

Offensively, sophomore Kayla Ouellet and freshman Sarah Simon each finished with three hits in the doubleheader. Freshman Olivia Kline went 2-for-3 with an RBI in game two, while allowing three runs (two earned) six hits and four strikeouts in five innings for the no-decision.

Morgan Childers (22-5) took the game one loss for the Spartans, allowing five runs (four earned) on a hit, four walks and four strikeouts in two innings. Blake Meredith was tagged loss in game two after allowing two runs on three hits in 2.1 innings. Childers allowed two runs on five hits, five walks and seven strikeouts in four innings for a no-decision in the second game.

Monica Hall recorded a pair of hits for USC Upstate in game one, while Crislyn Chewning and Lauren Quevedo each had two hits in game two at the plate.

In game one, Ouellet reached on a one-out walk in the first inning for JU before advancing to third on two illegal pitches. Ouellet scored on a wild pitch by Childers to give the Dolphins a 1-0 advantage.

Childers walked sophomore Melissa Morales and junior Katarina Engler to start the third inning before giving up a single to center from junior Katie Kelly to load the bases. On a 3-2 count in the next at-bat, Childers committed an illegal pitch allowing Ouellet to take a walk and Morales to score. Amber Hamilton relieved Childers and Spartans catcher Ericka Harris allowed a passed ball which helped Engler to score. Simon made it 5-0 with a bases-clearing double to right field to score Kelly and Ouellet. After sophomore Amanda Schmidt reached on an error, Simon scored on a ground out by Kline and senior Amber Mosley plated junior Annike Don with a double to the left field fence to give JU a 7-0 advantage.

Katie Zauner homered for the Spartans in the fourth inning and USC Upstate got an RBI single from Kerri Sarratt in the seventh inning, but Iveson locked down the win for the Dolphins by getting Janna Lewis to ground out to end the game.

Trailing 3-0 in the second inning of game two, Kelly had a two-out single to center to score Moseley and cut into the Spartans lead.

Childers issued a walk to Ouellet to start the fifth inning and got lifted for Meredith. Simon plated Ouellet in the next at-bat with a double to right field. After a fly out by Schmidt, Kline tied the game at 3-3 with a single to center to score Don from second, who was pinch running for Simon.

Cheyanna Ohlrich reached on an error by Kelly to start the sixth inning for the Spartans. Iveson relieved Kline, while pinch runner Katelyn Molkenthin stole second during the first at-bat. The Dolphins got Harris to fly out, but Queveo reached on an infield single. Sarratt pushed both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Lewis hit a soft pop fly in the infield that Kelly dove full extension to catch to end in the inning.

After a scoreless seventh inning by Iveson, Ouellet reached on a single to left field to open the bottom of the seventh for JU before moving to second on wild pitch. Simon pushed her to third on a fly out to center field in the next at-bat. After a pitching change for Hamilton, Schmidt brought Ouellet home for the game-winning score with a sacrifice fly to right field.

The Spartans lead initially, 3-0, in the second inning with the help of two RBI hits by Saratt and Chewning. The Dolphins will close out the home schedule on April 14 with a non-conference doubleheader against Bethune-Cookman at the JU Softball Complex. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m. Fans can follow the game through live video streaming on A-Sun.TV or live stats on