TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2010
Softball places school-record five players on Atlantic Sun all-conference teams
It continues to be a great year for the JU softball program as a school-record five players received Atlantic Sun all-conference honors on Tuesday afternoon by the league office.
Sophomore Kayla Ouellet received first team all-conference accolades to lead the group, while seniors Ashley Iveson and Amber Moseley each earned second team honors. Freshman battery mates Olivia Kline and Sarah Simon were each named to the all-freshman team to round out the Dolphins’ honors.
“I’m really happy for this group,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “They all had very solid years and it’s nice to see them getting rewarded for it. Kayla was strong for us coming back after injury, while Ashley and Amber get to end their careers with a good honor. We hope for many more years of success from Olivia and Sarah. Overall, this is a team effort so everyone had a hand in this as well.”
Ouellet, who missed the 2009 season with a knee and shoulder injury, posted a team-best 61 hits, 31 runs and 16 stolen bases in 2010. She jumped to the team lead in hitting after a 10-for-21 effort (.476) with six RBI in five games at the USF Under Armour Invitational (3/5-7). Ouellet had a season-high three hits on four occasions during the first week of March and drove in two runs in four straight games (3/6-10). Recently, she recorded two hits and two runs in the Dolphins win at Mercer (4/30).
Iveson got second team all-conference honors by posing team highs in strikeouts (175), wins (16) and innings pitched (175.0). Her 16 wins, as well as her six double-digit strikeout games, are single-season records. Iveson also had seven complete-game shutouts and only allowed one run in 30.2 innings of work from April 10 to May 4.
In A-Sun play, Moseley became the Dolphins unexpected offensive leader with a .353 (12-34) average, three doubles and six RBI. She had a two-run homer to lead the Dolphins past Campbell (4/17), while also picking up key RBI hits in the two-game sweep against Kennesaw State on April 29.
Kline has allowed only one earned run in the last 28 innings of relief and posting a team-best six home runs en route to all-freshman honors. Simon received her accolades after ranking second on the team in doubles (10) and home runs (5), while ranking third in RBI (21). She also batted 3-for-3 with three RBI and a home run to help JU down Mercer, 5-0, on April 30.
The Dolphins play No. 2 seed and host Stetson on Thursday at 1 p.m. for their first game of the A-Sun Tournament in Deland, Fla.