Softball opens A-Sun Tournament with No. 2 Stetson on Thursday

The JU softball team will get a chance to redeem themselves as they play No. 2 seed and host Stetson on Thursday at 1 p.m. in the first day of the Atlantic Sun Tournament.

The No. 5 seeded Dolphins (32-21) will matchup with the Hatters (32-19) for the second time in a week after Stetson swept JU in the regular-season finale at Patricia Wilson Field on May 8.

“We are excited to play,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “The team has had a good week of practice and ready to compete for a championship. We know what Stetson is capable so we hope to have a better game with them this time.”

In the meeting on May 8th, the Dolphins took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning of game one as junior Annike Don scored on a two-out error by the Hatters. Senior Ashley Iveson was three outs away from securing her eighth complete-game shutout, but Chelsea Whalley tied the game with her first collegiate home run to tie the game. Stetson won the game in the 10th inning on a bases loaded fielder’s choice hit by Chelsey Trotto.

Katelyn Perna had a three run, pinch-hit single in the fifth inning of game two and Amanda Lindsey added two more strong innings in the circle to help a 3-1 win for the sweep.

Despite the sweep, the Dolphins remain one of the stronger teams entering the field this week.

JU got its second straight tournament berth by winning nine of its final 14 conference games after opening A-Sun play with a 1-5 record.

In the final 14 games, sophomore Kayla Ouellet batted a team-best .311 (14-45) clip with nine runs en route to first team all-conference honors. Senior Amber Moseley had three doubles and six RBI in A-Sun play, while freshman Sarah Simon added a team-best eight RBI.

In the circle, freshman Olivia Kline finished with a 0.64 ERA in conference, including allowing no runs in her final 12 innings of work. Iveson recorded five wins in conference and recorded a staff-best 54 strikeouts.

The Hatters are led at the plate by Amy Joyce, who is batting .318 with 31 runs and 29 stolen bases. Lindsey has 22 RBI to go along with her team-best 23-10 record in the circle. She also has a 1.03 ERA with 243 strike outs.

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