SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2011
Softball downs Bethune-Cookman to stay alive in NCAA Tourney, 8-0 (6)
The JU softball team used a four-run second inning to secure a 8-0 victory (6) against Bethune-Cookman and stay alive in the Gainesville Regional of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

Senior Katie Kelly and junior Kayla Ouellet each drove in two runs for the Dolphins (44-15), who will play UCLA (34-18) again tonight at 6 p.m. on ESPN3.com.

“We did what we needed to do against the win,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “They are good team so we needed to jump on them early and that is what our kids did. Overall, I’m happy we got the win, but we have another tough test against UCLA.”

Junior Sarah Sigrest (27-6) earned the win for the Dolphins after allowing just two Lady Wildcats (33-26) hits in five scoreless innings. Sophomore Olivia Kline pitched a scoreless frame, while sophomore Sarah Simon and junior Amanda Schmidt added extra base hits.

In the bottom of the second inning, Kline reached on an error and moved to second on a ground out. Freshman Jacey Warner was hit by a pitch, while Kelly followed with a single to left field to plate Kline. Warner was tagged out in the next at-bat after falling on the way to home, but junior Brittany Eppley singled to score Kelly and make it a 2-0 lead. Ouellet rounded out the inning with a single to score freshman Meagan Balding and Eppley for a 4-0 advantage.

Sigrest retired the first six Lady Wildcat batters before hitting Michelle Banuelos Simth and allowing a single to Simone Ceasar to start the third inning. She got a fly out, but a ground out in the next at-bat moved the runners to second and third. Sigrest would get Aurelia Gamch to fly out to left field to leave the runners stranded.

The Dolphins took a 5-0 lead in the fifth inning on a one-out solo homer to left field by Simon. After a ground out, freshman Karson Tuck and Warner each drew consecutive walks. The Dolphins followed with consecutive RBI single by Balding and Kelly to make it a 7-0 lead.

Schmidt doubled home Ouellet in the sixth inning to end the game early.

Bethune-Cookman’s Allie Garica (27-12) took the loss after allowing seven runs, three earned, on nine hits in five innings. She also had a double in her final collegiate at-bat in the sixth.

Along with the ESPN broadcast, fan can find other live links to follow the tournament games at JUDolphins.com.