Dolphins halt skid at six

The Dolphins were victorious in their second game of the day on Saturday beating Providence 8-0 ending their six game losing streak.  JU lost in its earlier game to the University of Illinois-Chicago 14-6 at the Blue and Gold Felsberg Memorial in Miami. 

The bats finally awoke for the Dolphins as they had struggled during the losing skid to collect hits especially with runners in scoring position. 

In the win against Providence, the Dolphins produced seven RBI’s on 14 hits. 

The game was scoreless until the Dolphins were able to add a run in the top of the third inning.  Senior leadoff hitter Kayla Ouellet started the inning off with a single.  She quickly stole second and advanced the third when the catcher made a throwing error trying to get her out.  Dolphins left fielder Jacey Warner was then able to single driving in Ouellet for the first run of the game giving JU the 1-0 lead.

That one run lead proved to be enough for the Dolphins and junior pitcher Dale Townsend (1-1).  She earned her first win of the season with the strong outing going all seven innings giving up no runs on seven hits and struck out five. 

Although the run would have been enough for the win, the Dolphins were not done producing at the plate.  JU scored at least one run in every inning from the third inning on with two coming in the fifth and three in the seventh. 

Preseason Atlantic Sun Player of the Year Sarah Simon led the way for the Dolphins going two for three at the plate with a home run and three RBI’s.  JU had six players with two hits apiece. 

In their earlier game against UIC, Jacksonville fell behind early and was not able to find any offense until later in the game when the lead was too much to overcome. 

Senior Brittany Eppley (1-2) gave up eight runs over 3 2/3 innings however only two of those runs were earned.  The Dolphins’ Sarah Sigrest came on in relief but was unable to silence the UIC bats as she gave up five runs of her own, all unearned. 

Ouellet and Warner had six of JU’s 12 hits in the game.  The Dolphins had success at the plate late in the game that carried over into their second contest.   They were finally able to break out of their recent scoring slump and tally six runs over the last three innings of the game.

The Dolphins (3-6) will look to build on their win as they return to the field Sunday to face the University of South Carolina at 11:00 am followed by tournament host FIU at 3:00 pm.