Softball sweeps ETSU

 In Atlantic Sun Conference play, the Jacksonville softball team has been looking to string two solid games together. 

The Dolphins (26-19, 7-5 A-Sun) accomplished that – picking up their first doubleheader sweep in conference play in dominating fashion over ETSU (10-27, 0-10 A-Sun) 

Jacksonville run ruled the Bucs in game one with a 9-1 victory that featured two home runs, one from Karson Tuck and the other from Sarah Simon. 

The Dolphins pulled out a 5-1 win in game two, with Brittany Eppley (8-7) scattering seven hits over seven innings while allowing just one run, allowing the JU offense time to put 12 hits on the board. 

“We’ve been looking for a break through on offense and it started last night as we carried it over to today,” said JU head coach Ali Higgs.  “We were patient at the plate and had some really good at bats.  Our pitchers did a good job of limiting their offense and not letting them get big momentum building innings.” 

Jacksonville’s offense picked up right where it left off from Friday night, with Simon lacing a RBI double in the second to put the Dolphins up 1-0. 

After ETSU tied the game at one in the third, the Dolphins put the game away in the bottom half of the inning.  The first six Dolphins to the plate reached base and scored, with Tuck hitting a 3-run homer and Simon following it up with a 2-run shot.  All told, JU put up seven runs on seven hits to build an 8-1 lead. 

Codi Kelly ended the game with a run scoring single to give JU a 9-1 lead, ending the game with an 8-run lead. 

The JU pitchers kept ETSU off balance as Sarah Sigrest and Brittany Eppley combined to hold ETSU to one run on five hits.  Sigrest (15-9) got the win with three innings of work while Eppley struck out three over the final two innings. 

Game two saw the Dolphins jump on top early with Ashley Simon’s sacrifice fly driving in Codi Kelly from third to get a 1-0 lead. 

ETSU tied the game with a one-out RBI double by Sam Lower down the left field line in the top of the second. 

From there, it was all Jacksonville. 

The Dolphins put a run up in the fourth inning when pinch runner Morgan Kibler scored on a ground out by Ronnie Gajownik.   JU took a 3-1 lead in the fifth when pinch hitter Meagan Balding singled up the middle to drive in Ashley Simon. 

Jacksonville put the game away in the sixth with two more runs as Amanda Schmidt and Ashley Simon had RBI singles. 

The Dolphins are off until Tuesday when they travel to face Florida Gulf Coast.  First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 4 p.m.