Dolphins run win streak up to five

The Jacksonville University softball team defeated the Delaware State Hornets in both games of a double header Wednesday night at the JU Softball Complex.  It took nine innings to decide the first game as the Dolphins were able to come from behind and win 4-3.  The second game only lasted to the top of the fifth inning as JU was able to win in a dominant fashion 15-0.

Senior Sarah Sigrest (9-3) came on in relief in extra innings to earn the win in game one, then started and pitched a shutout in game two for her second win of the night and her scoreless innings streak up to 27 consecutive innings. 

The Dolphins struck first in game one scoring a run in the bottom of the second inning to go up 1-0.  Third baseman Amanda Schmidt singled up the middle to start the inning.  Ashley Simon then laid down a sacrifice bunt moving Schmidt over to second base.  Pitcher Brittany Eppley then helped her own cause by dropping in a ball to the right field corner for a double that brought Schmidt around from second for the run. 

The Hornets were able to tie the game with a run in the third and then took the lead after scoring two in the top of the fifth.  With two outs, Delaware State right fielder Casey Beighley doubled off of Eppley to left field bringing in two runs to give the Hornets the 3-1 lead.

In bottom half of the fifth, left fielder Jacey Warner led off with a single and moved over to second after a sacrifice bunt.  First baseman Melissa Morales then singled bringing Warner home and giving Morales an RBI for the 11th straight game.  The Dolphins ended the fifth inning down 3-2.

After the Hornets went down in order in the top of the sixth, Sarah Simon stepped up and crushed an equalizer over the left field wall.  This was Simon’s fourth home run of the year.

Neither team was able to score in the seventh so the game went to extras.

Sigrest came on in relief of Eppley who went seven innings giving up five hits and three runs.

The Dolphin’s ace handled the Delaware State batters in the extra innings giving up no hits while striking out four.  Her only blemish was when she hit a Hornet batter in the helmet with a pitch to put a runner on.

JU was able to break through and win the game in the bottom of the ninth.  Freshman Codi Kelly started the inning on second base per the international tie-breaker rules.  Eppley moved her over to third with a sacrifice bunt bringing Warner to the plate.  She singled to left field scoring Kelly for the walk off RBI.

The Dolphins kept the momentum rolling in the second game.

The highlight of the game came in the bottom of the second inning with the bases loaded.  After Simon drew a walk to bring in a run, Schmidt came to the plate.   She swung and sent a pitch over the left field fence for a grand slam giving the Dolphins an insurmountable 6-0 lead. 

JU would go on to add three runs in the third and six in the fourth brining their total to 15. 

For the game, the Dolphins had 12 hits with centerfielder Kayla Ouellet leading the way going three for four.  Schmidt had a game high six RBI’s. 

The Dolphins improve to 13-9 and have won five straight and seven of their last eight.  After a weekend off, JU will return to action March 12th when they host Tulsa at 5:00 pm.