SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2011
Softball downs Dartmouth, 9-1 (6)
Senior Katie Kelly broke the first of several program records this season to lead the JU softball team past Dartmouth, 9-1 (6), on Saturday in the first of two games at the USF The Game Tournament.

Kelly had three RBI to set the Dolphins (17-11) new RBI mark at 88, which passed Janine Palumbo (86, 2003-06). She also added her 34 career double in the contest, just one shy of tying Palumbo for that all-time mark.

Sophomore Sarah Simon and junior Amanda Schmidt each had home runs against the Big Green (2-4), while freshman Karson Tuck matched Kelly with three overall hits. Simon’s home run is her 10 blast in the last two seasons which ties her for top spot all-time with Lauren Redren (2004-05).

“This was a good way for us to bounce back,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We jumped on them early and continued to get big hits through the contest. We need the same type of offense tonight to secure another win.”

Junior Sarah Sigrest (9-4) earned the win for JU, allowing one run on six hits and six strikeouts in six innings of work.

Dartmouth’s Kat Hicks (0-1) took the loss after surrendering six runs on eight hits in 3.2 innings. Hillary Barker allowed three runs in two relief frames.

In the first inning, junior Kayla Ouellet led off with an infield single for JU before stealing second. After a line out, Simon plated Ouellet with a single to right field for the 1-0 lead. Freshman Meagan Balding advanced Simon to third with a double in the next at-bat, while Tuck followed with a walk to load the bases. Kelly drove home Simon with a two-out single to left field to give JU a 2-0 advantage, while Balding scored on a bases-loaded walk in the next at-bat to round out the inning.

Simon made it 4-0 for JU in the second inning with a two-out homer to left center field.

The Big Green had three straight singles to start the third inning, while Jonele Conceicao walked to get Dartmouth’s first run. Sigrest settled down by striking out the next batter and getting a line-out double play to quash the threat.

In the JU fourth inning, Ouellet opened with a single to left field and Schmidt followed with home run to left field to give the Dolphins a 6-1 advantage.

Ouellet had an RBI sacrifice fly in the fifth inning, while Kelly broke the school RBI record in the sixth inning with a two-run double to lock up the early win.

The Dolphins will round out the day against Winthrop at 5:30 p.m. Fans can follow the action through live stats on JUDolphins.com.