FRIDAY, MARCH 02, 2012
Dolphins' bats silenced in 2-1 loss to UCF

The Jacksonville University softball team lost 2-1 Friday night to UCF in Orlando, Florida.  The Dolphins managed to record just one hit and four baserunners in the game.

Senior Brittany Eppley (2-4) kept the game close for the Dolphins going six innings giving up six hits and two runs while striking out five.

The Dolphins struggled to find base runners all night long with Senior Melissa Morales singling for the only hit of the game for JU.

The Knights quickly put up a run in the bottom of the first.  UCF leadoff hitter Natalie Land singled up the middle to start off the inning. She then advanced to second after a sacrifice bunt.  Land was able to move to third and then score after a wild pitch and a passed ball.

Eppley regained her control and held the Knights scoreless for the next three innings giving the Dolphins a chance.

JU finally had a scoring opportunity in the top of the fifth.  After a leadoff strikeout to start the inning, Freshman Ashley Simon drew a walk.  Jackie DiPiazza then came in for the Dolphins as a pinch runner.  Eppley sacrificed her over to second giving the Dolphins their first runner in scoring position.  Left fielder Jacey Warner was able to draw a walk giving the Dolphins runners on first and second with two outs.  Morales came through for JU for the third straight game singling up the middle scoring DiPiazza from second tying the game at one.

The tie would not last long as the Knights were able to score the go-ahead run in the bottom half of the inning.  After a leadoff double, a single, and a sacrifice bunt, UCF had runners on second and third with only one out.  A single to third allowed the runner to score after third baseman Amanda Schmidt threw home too late.  The run put the Knights up 2-1 and proved to be the game winner. 

The Dolphins (8-9) return to action Saturday morning when they face Penn at 9:30 am.