Dolphins shake the Rattlers

A two run home run by JU left fielder Jacey Warner was all the Dolphins needed to defeat the Florida A&M Rattlers 4-0 on Wednesday night at the JU Softball Complex. 

Senior pitcher Sarah Sigrest was back to her normal form adding twelve more strikeouts to bring her season total to 166 and registering her eighth shutout of the season.  She went all seven innings allowing just five hits while walking no FAMU batters.

The game was scoreless after one inning of play but that all changed in the bottom of the second inning.  Second baseman Karson Tuck led off with a single through the left side of the infield to give the Dolphins a leadoff base runner.  Warner then stepped into the batter’s box and smoked a pitch over the left center part of the outfield wall to give JU the 2-0 lead.  The home run was Warner’s third of the year.

The Rattlers had their best opportunity to score in the top of the fourth after loading the bases.  With one out, FAMU had a runner reach on a fielding error by Tuck.  Two singles sandwiched around a strikeout loaded the bases for the Rattlers with two outs.  Sigrest however would get herself out of the only trouble she faced all night by getting the next batter to pop up to her for the third out.

The Dolphins went on to add two more runs in the bottom halves of the fifth and sixth innings.  JU loaded the bases in the fifth with no outs after a Codi Kelly walk, a Kayla Ouellet single, and a Sarah Simon walk.  Amanda Schmidt then hit a grounder to the third baseman who stepped on the bag to get Ouellet out coming from second base.  She then threw home to try and get Kelly out who was sliding underneath the catcher who caught the ball with her foot on home plate.  Kelly was initially ruled out before the umpires talked it over and realized the force play at home was gone since Ouellet was already called out running from second to third.  JU now led 3-0 going into the sixth inning.

Freshman Jackie DiPiazza, making the rare start, picked up her second hit of the season by singling through the left side of the infield in the bottom of the sixth.  She went on to steal second and eventually score after a single by Kelly. 

Sigrest closed out the win in the seventh picking up three of her strikeouts to give JU the 4-0 win. 

Jacksonville (23-18, 4-4) returns to conference play this weekend when they host USC Upstate for a doubleheader on Friday and ETSU on Saturday, April 14.