Softball splits the double header with Bethune-Cookman
Head Coach Amanda Lehotak

Ashley Iveson

Senior Ashley Iveson tossed a complete-game shutout to lead the JU softball team to a 2-0 game two victory against Bethune-Cookman in the home finale at the JU Softball Complex on Wednesday night.

Iveson (14-6) fanned 12 batters and scattered two hits in seven innings in her final home start for the Dolphins (28-16), while junior Katie Kelly homered and freshman Olivia Kline recorded a RBI single to help with the offense. With the 12 strikeouts, Iveson recorded her fifth double-digit strikeout effort, tying the school record set by Katie Dobson in 2003.

The Lady Wildcats (19-20) used a four-run, seventh inning with the help of two JU errors to down the Dolphins, 5-3, in the first game.

“I like how we scrapped for the win in game two,” said JU head Amanda Lehotak. “In game one, we lost our focus and committed several mental mistakes against a good team that took advantage of them. I’m happy with the way we bounced back. Now, it’s time to get back into the conference schedule and build momentum. “

Allison Garica (14-12) took the game one win for the Lady Wildcats, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and two strikeouts in seven innings. Chastity Sanders (5-8) was tagged with the game two loss after allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits and two strikeouts in six innings.

Kline (7-5) took the game one loss for JU by giving up four unearned runs on four hits in four innings of relief. Kline entered the game with 15.1 scoreless relief frames before the seventh inning setback.

JU senior Brittany Abbott got a no-decision in her final start at home in game one, allowing a run on five hits and two strikeouts in three innings.

In game two, Kelly had a one-out solo home run to right field to give the Dolphins a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Kayla Ouellet reached on an error by the pitcher in the next at-bat. After a single advance her to third, Kline plated Ouellet on single to left field for the 2-0 lead.

Following a leadoff single to Aston Hinds, Iveson retired the next nine batters in row - including six consecutive strikeouts.

Aurelia Gamch reached on error by the pitcher to break up the string in the fourth, but Iveson sat down nine of the next 10 hitters over the next three innings. Iveson gave up a one-out single in the seventh before retiring the next two batters for the win.

Trailing 3-1 in the seventh inning of game one, Briana Leverett reached second for the Lady Wildcats on a two-base throwing error by sophomore third baseman Amanda Schmidt. The next batter would pop out to short before Hinds would bring home Leverett on a double to left field.

After a fly out to center, Cesley Tafoya plated Hinds on a line-drive hit that deflected off Schimdt’s glove into the left field, tying the game up at 3-3. Garcia walked and Sabrina Ferguson was hit by pitch to load the bases. Tafoya and Garcia scored on a fielding error by sophomore Melissa Morales to extended the lead to 5-3 and cap the inning.

The Lady Wildcats took the initial lead in the game on a first-inning RBI hit from Tafoya to score Hinds for the 1-0 advantage.

In the third inning, Morales and junior Katarina Engler had consecutive singles to start the half. Kelly followed with a double to plate Morales, while Engler scored on a ground out by Ouellet. The Dolphins tacked on one more run in the fifth inning on a fielding error for the 3-1 lead.

The Dolphins faces Campbell on Saturday in Buies Creek, N.C. for an A-Sun doubleheader starting at noon.