Back-to-Back Wins for Softball at A-Sun

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The Jacksonville University Softball team swept Atlantic Sun Conference opponents USC Upstate and East Tennessee State University this past week. This resulted in sophomore pitcher Olivia Kline winning the honors of A-Sun Pitcher of the Week.

In the cold ETSU game, the Dolphins overcame the odds and won 4-1 in the first game and 9-0 in the second game completing a dominating sweep in Johnson City, Tenn.  In game one Sarah Sigrest worked hard for the win by striking out ten batters. Offensively, in game one senior Katie Kelly got a double that created a new JU career mark set at 36.

Game two the Dolphins played hard and Kline (11-5) pitched an amazing no hitter. Along with the no hitter she got a three-run home run to finish the night. Fellow sophomore Sarah Simon had a couple of two-run homers and a double. Junior Amanda Schmidt complimented them with a home run as well.

To further dominate the A-sun conference, the Fins defeated USC Upstate 3-2 in the first matchup and then 4-1 in the second this past Saturday in Spartanburg, S.C.

Simon hit the game-winning RBI in extra innings in game while going 3-for-4 and Sigrest got the win while pitching ten innings in the circle. In game two, Kline recorded her third win in the week and Jacey Werner registered three hits.

The Fins coach appreciated the strong play the team was able to put forth in the games.

“These were two more good efforts from our team, Olivia as well as Sarah, each had good nights in the circle,” JU Head Coach Amanda Lehotak said.

Large part of Kline’s A-Sun Pitcher of The Week honors came from her play against USC Upstate and ETSU.

She is a native from Trinity, Fl. During a span of 21 innings, she went 3-0 with an ERA of 0.33 and only allowed one run after seven hits. The week began strong for her when she struck out seven in a three-hit game she completed throughout to leave Georgia Southern scoreless.

“Olivia has been getting stronger and stronger as the year has progressed which will help us for the final part of the schedule,” Lehotak said.

The Dolphins plan to return to action Friday with a doubleheader versus Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. at 5 p.m. This is after their Florida State game was postponed due to heavy rainfall without a new date set yet.