SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2013
Softball splits games at the Jacksonville Tournament
The Jacksonville University softball team split its games with Stony Brook and No. 16 Louisville Saturday at home in the Jacksonville Tournament.

Senior Sarah Simon and sophomore Ashley Simon each homered for the second straight day to help the Dolphins (6-3) defeat the Seawolves (1-3), 9-1, for the second straight day. The Cardinals (7-2) handed JU a 9-0 loss in the night cap.

“This was a bittersweet day for us,” JU head coach Ali Higgs said. “We had a great effort in the first game, but couldn’t finish plays in the second game. Overall, tomorrow is a new day and we look forward to ending the weekend on a high note.

Freshman Taylor Rossman (1-2) earned her first collegiate win in game one after fanning six batters and allowing a run on seven hits in seven innings. Senior Dale Tillman (1-1) allowed six runs, four earned, on eight hits and two strikeouts in 5.1 innings to take the Louisville loss.

Offensively, junior Jacey Warner had four total hits between the two games to lead JU. Warner also matched Sarah Simon and freshman Sable Lee (3-for-4) with two RBI against Stony Brook.

Against the Seawolves, Brown led off the game with a walk, while Warner followed with a single. After a strikeout, Simon hit a double to right field to score Brown for the 1-0 lead. Warner scored in the next at-bat on single by junior Karson Tuck.

The Seawolves tied the game at one in the bottom of the inning as Nicole Hagerty legged out a two-out infield single to plate Shayla Giosia.

Sarah Simon gave the Dolphins the lead again with a home run to right field to start the third inning for a 2-1 advantage. Ashley Simon made it 3-1 in the fifth inning on a leadoff homer to left field.

After a leadoff double in the second inning, Rossman scattered only two hits through the next four innings. She allowed consecutive two-out singles in the seventh, but struck out Gina Bianculli to end the game and wrap her first win.

Allison Cukrov (0-2) took the Stony Brook loss after allowing nine runs, eight earned, on 13 hits in 6.2 innings.

Against Louisville, Tillman got two quick outs in the first inning before allowing a single to Alicja Wolny and Tanner Fowler. An error in the next at-bat scored both runners for the 2-0 advantage.

Like against Stony Brook, Brown started the JU first inning with a walk and Warner had a single to left field. A ground out moved them both into scoring position, but Cardinals starter and eventual winning pitcher Caralisa Connell got two more outs to leave them stranded.

The Cardinals extended their lead to 3-0 in the third inning on two-out homer by Wolny.

Ashley Simon and junior Codi Kelly reached with one out in the fourth inning, but Connell struck out the next two JU hitters to quash the threat. Louisville scored three runs each in the sixth and seventh innings, while retiring the eight of the final nine hitters to earn the win.

Connell (4-1) struck out six and scattered three hits for the complete-game shutout.

In earlier action, Bethune-Cookman downed Ohio State, 4-3, before suffering a 2-1 loss to Stony Brook. Ohio State beat Louisville, 1-0, in eight innings to avenge its loss to Bethune-Cookman.

The Dolphins wrap the tournament Sunday against in-state rival Bethune-Cookman at 1:30 p.m. Stony Brook plays Louisville and Ohio State in consecutive games starting at 9 a.m.