WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012
Dolphins split with FIU
After an hour rain delay, the JU softball team took on the FIU Panthers for a double header at the JU Softball Complex. The Dolphins dominated the first game winning 7-0, but fell to the Panthers in the second contest 6-2.
The JU pair of Sarahs, the Atlantic Sun Preseason Players and Pitchers of the Year were overpowering against FIU in the first game of the day.
Senior pitcher Sarah Sigrest (11-3) continued her amazing roll pitching yet again another shutout in the first game going all seven innings giving up just six hits. She extended her school record of consecutive scoreless innings to 41.
Junior catcher Sarah Simon recorded five RBI including a grand slam that put the game away for the Dolphins. The opposite field shot was Simon’s fifth home run of the season and the five RBI brought her team-leading total to 22.
The Dolphins got things started in the bottom of the first inning with leadoff hitter Kayla Ouellet singling up the middle like she has so many times to start a game. She then stole second base off of the first pitch and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Dolphin third baseman Amanda Schmidt then lifted a ball to left field that Ouellet tagged up on giving JU the 1-0 lead.
The Dolphin lead remained just one until the fourth inning when Simon was able to strike and blow the game open. After Ouellet was able to single in the Dolphin’s second run of the game, Simon stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. She drove an outside pitch to right center over the fence for the bases clearing grand slam. This marked the second time this season that the Dolphins have hit a grand slam with Schmidt having hit the previous one.
JU added another run in the sixth to give them the final score of 7-0. The win marked the seventh in a row for the Dolphins and their ninth in their last ten games.
The potent JU bats were nowhere to be found in the second game.
The Dolphins did not record their first hit until there was one out in the fifth inning.
Brittany Eppley (2-5) made the start for JU in the second game and was solid until she got into a jam in the fifth inning. After a FIU single and sacrifice bunt, the Panther’s Kelsey Grabiak singled to right field. Meagan Balding misplayed the ball and let it get passed her allowing the runner on second to score and Grabiak to end up at third. Two singles and an error later, Eppley’s day was done. After the inning was over, the Panthers had managed to score three runs off of four hits and two Jacksonville errors.
JU tried to mount a response in the bottom half of the inning. After a ground out to start the inning, freshman Ronnie Gajownik pinch hit and singled up the middle for JU’s first hit of the game. Melissa Morales then reached on a Panther error leaving the Dolphins with runners on first and second. Ouellet then laced a low line drive to right center for a double scoring Gajownik. The Dolphins could only add that one run and ended the inning down 3-1.
FIU ended any hope of a JU comeback when they added three more runs in the top of the seventh.
The loss snapped the Dolphin winning streak at seven and leaves JU with a 15-10 record. They return to action this weekend when they travel to Boca Raton, Florida to take on the FAU Owls and the Syracuse Orange.