JU softball splits a pair of games on Saturday

The Dolphin softball team went 1-1 on Saturday after defeating Seton Hall 10-2 then falling to Eastern Michigan 6-2.  JU finished 2-1 on the weekend in Orlando at the UCF tournament. 

In their first game of the day, the Dolphins were able to string together some big scoring innings late in the game to secure the big win.  JU scored all ten of its runs in the last three innings.

Seton Hall struck first scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning.  After two quick strikeouts, the Pirates were able to string together back to back singles combined with a throwing error to take the lead at 1-0.

Jacksonville was not able to get anything going offensively until the top of the fifth.  Sophomore Meagan Balding led the inning off with a single.  Karson Tuck followed with a sacrifice bunt in which she was safe on the play that advanced the Dolphin base runner.  First baseman Brittany Eppley then did her job, bunting the runners over to second and third with only one out.  Freshman shortstop Ashley Simon came through with a single up the middle that scored two runs for the Dolphins giving them the lead at 2-1.

The sixth inning was where the Dolphins broke the game open.  After two walks and a hit batter, JU had the bases loaded with no outs.  After a pop out, the Dolphins were able to score a run on a fielding error by the third baseman.  Ashley Simon then came up big again for the Dolphins singling to center field and scoring two runs.  In total, JU scored five runs in the inning to lead 7-1.

The Dolphins were able to add three more runs in the top of the seventh, while Seton Hall was able to score one to make the final score 10-2.

Sarah Sigrest (4-3) came on in relief of Dale Townsend in the fourth inning to earn the win for the Dolphins going three and a third innings giving up four hits and one run while striking out three.

In their second time out, the Dolphins did not fare as well. 

Eastern Michigan was able to score two runs in the top of the first to take the early lead. 

JU was able to respond in the bottom of the second with two runs of their own to tie the game, but those runs proved to be the only ones of the game for the Dolphins.  Senior Melissa Morales singled to left field to bring around infielders Tuck and Simon. 

Eastern Michigan retook the lead for good in the top of the fourth off of a two run home from second baseman Nellie Coquillard.  The Eagles added a run in the fifth and seventh innings secure the win 6-2.

The Dolphins (6-8) will get a chance for revenge when the return home and host Eastern Michigan for a doubleheader on Wednesday starting at 5:00 pm.