Softball downs Bethune-Cookman, 11-3
Junior Amanda Schmidt went 3-for-5 with six RBI and a grand slam to help the JU softball team knock off Bethune-Cookman,11-3, in non-conference action on Wednesday afternoon in Daytona Beach, Fla.

After getting no-hit in the first two frames, the Dolphins (36-14) woke up from their nine-day layoff by recording a season-high 16 hits in the final five innings to set the new program record in wins.

Junior Sarah Sigrest (20-5) picked up the win in relief by striking out eight batters and scattering two Lady Wildcat (22-23) hits in 4.2 relief frames.

“Overall, I’m happy to get the win,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “We started really sluggish, but were able to work ourselves out of it. We will go back to work in practice for the next week before hosting key doubleheaders against UNF and Stetson.”

Offensively, junior Kayla Ouellet matched Schmidt with three hits, while also scoring twice. Sophomore Sarah Simon and junior Melissa Morales each added two hits. Despite getting a no-decision in the circle, sophomore Olivia Kline hit a three-run homer to help the cause.

Lady Wildcats starter Allie Garcia (16-10) took the loss after allowing seven runs, six earned, on nine hits in five innings. She also had two hits at the plate and scored a run to pace the offense.

With one out in the first inning, Schmidt reached second on a throwing error by Lady Wildcats third baseman Kelsey Rodney. Simon made it to second in the next at-bat on a throwing error by the second baseman, allowing Schmidt to score for 1-0 JU lead.

Ashton Hinds opened the bottom of the first inning with a walk for the Lady Wildcats. She stole second and then moved to third on a bunt single by Aurelia Gamch in the next at-bat. Garcia followed with a single to left field to score Hinds. Freshman Jacey Warner overthrew Simon at the plate on the play which allowed Gamch to score and give Bethune-Cookman a 2-1 advantage.

In the third inning, the Dolphins got consecutive singles from Ouellet and Schmidt. Simon lined out to third, but Kline followed with a home run to center field to regain the lead at 4-2.

Bethune-Cookman scored a run in the bottom of the frame on a one-out error before Sigrest stepped in and retired the final two batters to stop further damage.

Junior Brittany Eppley led off the fourth inning with a double for JU, while Morales and Ouellet added singles in the next two at-bats to load the bases. Schmidt followed with a two-run single to give JU a 6-3 advantage.

Morales hit two-out RBI single to left field in the fifth inning for a 7-3 JU lead, while Schmidt put the game out of reach with her grand slam to center field in the seventh inning. Sigrest allowed just a hit in the final three innings to secure the win.

The Dolphins return to action on May 4 to host UNF in an A-Sun doubleheader at the JU Softball Complex. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. and will also count toward the standings of the SunTrust River City Rumble between the two schools.