New day, same result

The JU softball team split a pair of games Saturday with Syracuse and FAU in Boca Raton, Florida.  The Dolphins lost to Syracuse 2-1 and then returned to the diamond to win 7-1 against FAU.  On Friday JU lost to Syracuse 2-0 and then beat FAU 5-3.

Senior Sarah Sigrest (11-5) was her usual dominant self on the mound against Syracuse, but once again picked up the loss much like the night before.  She went six innings giving up just five hits while striking out eight.  The Orange scored their two runs off of four hits in the first inning, but were completely shut down from that point on as Sigrest would only give up one more hit over the next five innings.

The bats of the Dolphins struggled as the team only recorded three hits, the same total as the previous meeting the day before. 

JU’s only success at the plate came in the top of the fourth inning.  With two outs and a runner on first, freshman shortstop Ronnie Gajownik doubled left center.  Dolphin left fielder Jacey Warner went from first to home on the play cutting the Orange lead to just one. 

Despite Sigrest shutting down the Syracuse offense and keeping the Dolphins in the game, JU could not come through at the plate as no runners reached base after the fourth inning and fell 2-1.

Jacksonville’s second game of the day proved to be much different just as it was on Friday. 

The Dolphins rebounded to record 12 hits and bring across seven runs to win easily against FAU.  

Senior Brittany Eppley had one of her best pitching performances of the year consistently fooling FAU at the plate.  She went all seven innings allowing six hits and struck out eight Owl batters. 

Jacksonville started quickly with leadoff hitter Kayla Ouellet singling in the first inning.  She then stole second for her 24th stolen base of the season.  Codi Kelly followed with a single moving Ouellet over to third.   After a pop out, Amanda Schmidt grounded out to the shortstop to bring Ouellet in from third.  Meagan Balding then stepped to the plate and doubled to bring in Kelly and put JU up 2-0.

The second inning proved to be more of the same for the Dolphins.  Warner led off with a single and stole second.  Karson Tuck then singled to give JU runners on first and second with no outs.  After two strikeouts, Kelly singled to load the bases.  Catcher Sarah Simon then hit a ball to the fence for a bases clearing double.  Schmidt followed with another double that brought Simon in from second for another run making the score 6-0.

Each team added a late run to bring the game to its final score of 7-1.  Kelly paced the Dolphins with three hits going three for three and driving in a run.  Simon had three RBI bringing her team leading total to 26.

JU finished 2-2 over the weekend and now has a 17-12 overall record.  They return to action March 20th for a double header against Florida State in Tallahassee.