Softball defeats Bethune-Cookman, 3-2
Freshman Cecile Gomez
Freshman Cecile Gomez
Freshman right handed pitcher Cecile Gomez had another strong pitching performance to lead the Jacksonville University softball team past Bethune Cookman, 3-2, Sunday in the Jacksonville Tourney finale.

Gomez (3-0) earned her second win of the weekend by fanning seven batters and allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings. The Dolphins (7-3) got two hits apiece from junior Karson Tuck and senior Sarah Simon. Tuck also drove in a run with a double.

“This is a good way to end the weekend,” JU head coach Ali Higgs said. “Even though we didn’t start great, I was happy with the way we battled and did what we had to do for the win. We have some things we have to work out in practice before another challenging home tourney next weekend.”

Kelsey Rodney drove in both Wildcats’ (1-7) runs in the loss with a home run and a double. Shantel Tolbert (1-5) took the loss for Bethune-Cookman after allowing three runs, two earned, seven hits in six innings.

Gomez was perfect in the first inning before allowing a leadoff homer to Rodney to start the second inning. A two-out error allowed the Wildcats to get another runner on base, but Gomez induced a fly out to end the inning.

The Dolphins were held to one hit through the first three innings until a one-out single by freshman Emily Sanchez in the fourth inning. Sophomore Jackie DiPiazza pinch ran for Sanchez and moved to second on a single by Sarah Simon. She advanced to third on fielder’s choice out before scoring on a throwing error during sophomore Ashley’s Simon’s stolen base to tie the game. Tuck plated Simon in the next at-bat on a double for a 2-1 lead and later scoring on an error to cap the inning.

After the second inning, Gomez retired nine of the Wildcats hitters, including four in a row with strikeouts.

Calesha Shelley broke the streak with a leadoff single in the sixth inning. JU got two quick outs, but a Rodney double scored Shelley to bring Bethune-Cookman within a run. Gomez buckled down and retired the next four hitters on infield pop ups to secure the win.

The Dolphins return to action Wednesday for a single game against Florida A&M in Tallahassee, Fla. First pitch is at 6 p.m.