Softball splits A-Sun twin bill with Campbell
Senior Ashley Iveson tossed a four-hit shutout, while senior Amber Moseley hit a two-run home run to help the JU softball team down Campbell, 2-0, in game one of an A-Sun doubleheader on Saturday afternoon in Buies Creek, N.C.

The Camels (18-26-1, 5-7) defeated the Dolphins (29-17, 7-7) in the second game, 3-0, with the help of a two-run triple by Katie Hinton and a complete-game shutout by Brittany Stanley.

“It was a good and a bad day,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We did a great job of getting the win in game one, but our hitting went bad as the day carried along. We need to hit better against teams like this because it’s the only way to put them away. Overall, I know we can fix our mistakes from the games and come out better when we hit the field again in two weeks.”

Iveson (15-6) scattered four hits, while recording eight strikeouts to get her sixth shutout this season in game one and tie the program record for wins set by Katie Dobson in 2005.

Sophomore Sarah Sigrest (6-6) allowed all three runs on six hits in 2.1 innings to take the game two loss, while freshman Olivia Kline pitched 3.2 scoreless relief innings to keep JU in it.

Stanley (8-9) got the Camels’ win in game two after allowing four hits, four walks and four strikeouts in seven innings. Lauren Stephan (1-3) took the game one loss for the Camels by allowing two runs on three hits, four walks and two strikeouts in three innings, while Brittany Arnn pitched four scoreless relief innings to close out the game for the Camels.

Offensively, Moseley finished with three hits on the day to lead the Dolphins at the plate. Camels’ catcher Taylor McGee also had three hits in the doubleheader to pace her squad.

In game one, the Camels got consecutive groundouts by the Dolphins to the shortstop to start the second inning before senior Kelly McKeon broke up the streak by legging out an infield single to the same spot. Moseley followed with her second career home run over the right field fence to give the Dolphins a 2-0 lead.

After stranding the Dolphins with bases loaded in the third inning, the Camels opened their half with a single to center by Lizzie Goldbach. The next batter popped out, while Hinton advanced Goldbach to second with a groundout to the pitcher. Iveson walked Christina Melton and McGee reached on an infield single to shortstop to load the bases. Amanda Miller hit a sharp grounder to sophomore Amanda Schmidt at third that she backhanded and tagged her bag to end the threat.

Iveson showed the two-run homer was all she needed after retiring the final 12 batters in a row following a leadoff walk in the fourth inning.

In game two, Stanley and Keeli Michael each singled to left field off Sigrest to start the third inning. After a sacrifice bunt, Hinton plated both runners with a triple to centerfield to give Campbell a 2-0 lead. Sigrest issued a walk to Melton before McGee scored Hinton with a single to center to round out the inning.

Moseley broke a string of seven hitters sat down by Stanley with a leadoff single to left field in the fifth inning. After a sacrifice bunt to advanced Moseley to second, sophomore Brie Carmack was inserted as a pinch hitter, but struck out swinging. Despite Moseley reaching third on a wild pitch in the next at-bat, Stanley got junior Katie Kelly to ground out back to her to end the inning.

In the sixth inning, Kline hit a two-out double to left center field and Schmidt followed with walk, but Stanley induced a pop out to third by McKeon to avoid any damage.

Stanley allowed a leadoff single to Moseley in the seventh before getting a pop out and a line-out double play to secure the win.

The Dolphins will take the next week off for finals before traveling to the state of Georgia for consecutive A-Sun doubleheaders against Kennesaw State (April 29) and Mercer (April 30).