FRIDAY, APRIL 01, 2011
Softball sweeps ETSU in A-Sun twin bill, 4-1 & 9-0
Once again, the cold weather couldn’t slow down the JU softball team as they swept ETSU, 4-1 & 9-0, in an Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader in Johnson City, Tenn.

The Dolphins (26-12, 6-0 A-Sun) blasted five homers on the day, including four in the second game, to set the new JU single-season mark at 25. Sophomore Olivia Kline (11-5) put the cherry on top by no-hitting the Buccaneers (13-19, 2-4) in the second game. She also finished with five hits in two games, including a three-run home run in the night cap.

“I’m really proud with how we played tonight,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We were great in all facets tonight. Olivia has been good the last two weeks and she was the best I have ever seen her tonight. These were two good wins, but we need another good effort against USC Upstate tomorrow.”

Junior Sarah Sigrest (13-4) earned the game one win after striking out 10 batters and allowing a run on three hits in seven innings of work.

Offensively, sophomore Sarah Simon had a pair of two-run homers and a double in game two, while junior Amanda Schmidt also added a home run. Senior Katie Kelly recorded a double in game one to set the new JU career mark at 36.

In game one, Kelly doubled to lead off the JU third inning before moving to third on a single to center by Kline. Freshman Meagan Balding plated Kelly with sacrifice fly to left field to give JU a 1-0 lead. Junior Kayla Ouellet and Schmidt each reached to load the bases, while Kline scored on a walk to Simon for the 2-0 advantage.

Kelly struck again in the fourth inning with a solo home run to left field to give the Dolphins a 3-0 lead.

With two outs in the fifth inning, freshman Karson Tuck had a double down the left field line. Freshman Jacey Warner followed with another double to right center field to plate Tuck.

The Buccaneers made it a 4-1 game in the bottom of the fifth inning when Nicole Fox tripled to right field with two outs to score Tara Hartnett who double in the previous at-bat.

Sigrest settled and pitched two scoreless frames to secure the win.

ETSU starter Jessica Duncan (6-8) took the loss, allowing four runs on nine hits and two strikeouts in seven innings.

In game two, the Dolphins wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in the first inning after Schmidt blasted a solo homer off the left field light pole for a 1-0 lead.

In the ETSU second inning, Towers reached second with one out on a bunt that was overthrown at first base. She moved to third on a ground out in the next at-bat, but Kline got pop out to shortstop to end the inning.

The Dolphin got a two-out, two-run homer from Simon in the fifth, while Kline helped her cause with a three run shot in the sixth inning to push the lead to 6-0.

Simon added another blast in the seventh with a two-run shot to center, while Kelly made it 9-0 with a run-scoring single to plate sophomore Morgan Kibler.

Kline pitched a scoreless seventh to lock down the no-hit victory.

Shelby Morris (6-6) took the game two loss for ETSU after allowing six runs on six hits and three walks in 5.1 innings.

The Dolphins close their road trip tomorrow with a doubleheader at 4 p.m. against USC Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C.