THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010
Softball outlasts Campbell to advance in the A-Sun Tourney, 1-0 (8)
Sophomore Kayla Ouellet had the game-winning hit in extra innings to help the JU softball team defeat No. 6 seed Campbell, 1-0 (8), on Thursday afternoon at the Atlantic Sun Tournament in DeLand, Fla.
Ouellet had a team-high two hits to lead the Dolphins (32-22), including driving home senior Kelly McKeon to advance JU in the bracket. Freshman Olivia Kline (10-7) struck out four and scattered six hits in eight scoreless innings to get the win in the circle.
The Dolphins now play No. 4 seed USC Upstate tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.
“We finally got the clutch hit,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “Hopefully, we can carry this momentum into tomorrow and build some steam in the tournament. Overall, we need to keep getting the clutch hits.”
Brittany Stanley (11-12) took the loss for the Camels (23-31-1) after allowing a run on six hits in 7.2 innings. Keeli Michael and Sarah Forgacs each had two hits to lead Campbell at the plate.
With one out in the eighth inning, McKeon laced a single through the left side. Sophomore Brie Carmack pinch hit for junior Katarina Engler and advanced McKeon to second on a ground out to third. Ouellet singled back through the middle and McKeon scored from second to give JU the win.
The best chance to score for the Camels came in the sixth inning. Michael and Katie Hinton recorded consecutive hits to start the inning, while Forgacs pushed the runners into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. Sophomore Amanda Schmidt helped make the next two outs to get JU out of the jam.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, freshman Sarah Simon legged out a hit in the hole at shortstop. Simon was pinch ran for junior Annike Don, who advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kline. Senior Amber Moseley lined out to the pitcher in the next at-bat, while Amanda Miller dove to catch Schmidt’s hit to center to force extra innings.
Fans can follow the Dolphins at the tournament tomorrow on live video streaming or live stats through JUDolphins.com.