April 2, 2011

Jacksonville Sweeps Upstate to Stay Undefeated in A-Sun Play

Spartanburg, S.C. – Jacksonville squeaked out a marathon win in game one and collected 10 hits to take game two as the Dolphins claimed a sweep in an A-Sun softball doubleheader Saturday evening at Cyrill Stadium. The Dolphins claimed a 3-2 win in 10 innings in game one and a 4-1 victory in game two.

Jacksonville improved to 28-12 overall and 8-0 in the A-Sun with the sweep. Upstate fell to 32-7 overall and 4-4 in the A-Sun. The Spartans will travel to Fort Myers, Fla., next Thursday to take on Florida Gulf Coast in a key A-Sun doubleheader. They will then face Stetson next Saturday.

Game one was a matchup of two of the A-Sun's top pitchers when Upstate's Morgan Childers (Kings Mountain, N.C.) and Jacksonville's Sarah Sigrest took to the circle. Seven innings was just not enough to determine a winner as the teams battled two extra innings prior to starting the 10th with the international tiebreaker rule.

Upstate jumped on top with a run in each of the second and third innings. In the second, Lauren Quevedo (Wellington, Fla.) led off the inning with a solo home run that cleared the fences by some 30 feet. In the third, Cheyanna Ohlrich (North Bend, Ore.) singled to drive in Ashley Butler (Laurens, S.C.) as Upstate opened a 2-0 lead.

Childers was strong and kept Jacksonville off the scoreboard through four innings. The Dolphins, though, cracked the scoreboard in the fifth inning on Kayla Ouellet's sacrifice fly. They tied the game with a run in the sixth when Katie Kelly singled to drive in a run.

Upstate had an opportunity to win the game in the ninth inning, putting runners on first and second with one out. However, Sigrest recorded a strikeout and a lineout to end the threat.

With a runner placed on second to start the 10th inning, Jacksonville scored the go-ahead run when Sarah Simon singled up the middle to score Ouellet from second for an unearned run. Childers got out of the inning without any further damage.

In the bottom of the frame, Upstate put runners on first and second with no outs, but couldn't move the runners over as Sigrest recorded three-straight outs to end the inning and the game.

Sigrest went the distance, tossing 10 innings and allowing two runs with seven strikeouts to earn the win and improve to 14-4 on the year. Childers struck out 16 and allowed two earned runs with nine hits. She took the loss and fell to 23-4 on the year.

Brasil led the Upstate attack with two hits. Simon had three hits for Jacksonville, while Jacey Warner and Kelly each had two for the Dolphins.

In game two, Jacksonville collected 10 hits in the game and jumped on top early with two runs in the third inning. Warner and Olivia Kline, the starting pitcher, each picked up RBI singles in the inning.

Upstate got a run back in the fifth inning when Lindsay Kelly (Jacksonville, Fla.) singled to drive in pinch runner Katelyn Molkenthin (Valrico, Fla.). However, Jacksonville responded immediately and put up two runs in the top of the sixth to take the momentum back. Amanda Schmidt plated a run with a sacrifice fly and Simon drew a walk with the bases loaded as the Dolphins opened a 4-1 lead.

Upstate went 1-2-3 in the next two innings and could not mount anything offensively as Jacksonville took the win. Kline went the distance for Jacksonville, allowing one run on four hits with three strikeouts. She improved to 12-5 with the win. Upstate starter Hannah Alexander (Lexington, N.C.) tossed a complete game, allowing four runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts. She fell to 9-3 with the loss.

Kelly led the Upstate offensive attack with two hits. Warner led Jacksonville with three hits, while Kline tallied a pair for the Dolphins.