Softball knocks off No. 22 Texas A&M, 3-1
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Junior Sarah Sigrest allowed one hit in seven innings, while junior Kayla Ouellet scored twice to lead the JU softball team past No. 22 Texas A&M, 3-1, in non-conference action on Thursday afternoon in Clearwater, Fla.

Sigrest (8-3) put together another strong performance for the Dolphins (16-9) by allowing just a hit and unearned run in the first inning, while striking out five to get the complete-game win.

Ouellet and junior Amanda Schmidt each finished with a team-high two hits, while sophomore Sarah Simon and freshman Meagan Balding had RBI hits to give the Dolphins their first win over a ranked opponent since downing No. 10 Florida State, 2-1, on Feb. 20, 2004.

“I am very proud of our team,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “You can’t say enough good things about Sarah’s performance, while Kayla’s speed was a key today. Offensively, we good at-bats all game long and performed very well in the field on defense. Overall, this was a good team win.”

Aggies ace Lindsey Sisk (10-3) was tagged with the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits and five strikeouts in seven innings of work. Natalie Villarreal had a leadoff single and scored the lone run for Texas A&M in the loss.

Ouellet opened the first inning for JU with a single to shortstop and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After a walk to Schmidt, Simon plated Ouellet with a single to the right side. Schmidt later scored on a wild pitch to give the Dolphins a 2-0 lead.

The Aggies cut the deficit to 2-1 in the second inning after Villarreal scored on a two-out pass ball.

With one out in the JU fifth inning, Ouellet reached first with on a high-chopping infield single. She would steal second, while Simon drew a two-out walk. Balding followed with a single to center field to score Ouellet and extend the lead to 3-1.

Texas A&M got a leadoff walk from Nicole Morgan to start the bottom of the fifth inning, while Brittany Walker reached on a fielder’s choice in the next at-bat. Sigrest struck out the next hitter and induced two consecutive fly outs to leave the runners stranded.

Sigrest retired six of the final seven Aggie hitters to lock down the win for the Dolphins.

The Dolphins begin the USF The Game Tournament tomorrow in Clearwater, Fla. against No. 21 Texas Teach at 5:30 p.m. They close the night against Colorado State at 8 p.m.