Trouble out west

The Jacksonville University softball team dropped a pair of games to Florida State on Tuesday in Tallahassee.  The Seminoles blanked JU 6-0 in game one and then returned to defeat the Dolphins 7-1 in the second game of the double header. 

The Dolphins struggled at the plate recording just four hits total in the two games.

Senior leadoff hitter Kayla Ouellet started game one off with an infield single and then stole second for her 25th steal of the season.  Ouellet’s hit would be the Dolphins only hit of the game.  She reached third after Amanda Schmidt drew a walk on a wild pitch, but was stranded there after a strikeout to end the inning.

Senior Sarah Sigrest (11-6) started for the Dolphins on the mound but uncharacteristically struggled giving up 10 hits in six innings while allowing six runs to score. 

The game remained tight through four innings with FSU leading 1-0, but the Seminoles would add to their lead in the fifth.  FSU strung together four hits to score three runs to put them up 4-0.  JU could not respond in the top of the sixth with any runs of its own while Florida State ended any chance of a Dolphin comeback by adding two more insurance runs to bring the final score to 6-0.

The JU batters were fooled all game long by Seminole pitcher Monica Perry (11-2) who in only six innings of work struck out nine and gave up just the one hit. 

Game two proved to be much more of the same for both teams.

Ouellet led off with another infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error on the play.  She eventually stole third but was once again stranded there as a strikeout ended the inning. 

Junior Dale Townsend (3-3) started game two for the Dolphins in the circle and had success against the Seminole batters until a tough bottom half of the third inning. FSU reeled of four straight hits to score four runs and put the Seminoles comfortably in the lead. 

The lone bright spot for JU at the plate came in the top of the fourth inning.  With two outs in the inning, senior third baseman Amanda Schmidt stepped into the batter’s box and hit a towering fly ball that cleared the left field wall for the solo home run.  It was Schmidt’s fourth long ball of the season and cut the lead to 4-1.

Townsend ran into more trouble in the bottom of the fifth and was eventually chased out of the game in favor of Brittany Eppley.  The Seminoles were able to bring home three more runs off of three hits giving them the 7-1 lead. 

Lindsay Waldrop (11-2), much like Perry in the first game, consistently got ahead of the Dolphin batters and got them out allowing just three hits over six innings. 

The Dolphins have not produced at the plate in their losses this season.  In its 14 losses, JU has managed to score only 20 runs and is batting .192 as a team. 

JU will look to rebound this weekend when it hosts UCF this Saturday at the JU Softball Complex at 1:00 pm.  The two teams have faced each other twice so far this season with each team winning once in closely contested games.