Following the road contest, the Dolphins (7-3) will host Seton Hall, Delaware, South Alabama and Mount St. Mary’s in six games for a tournament at the JU Softball Complex beginning Friday.
“This is going to be a long week for us,” JU head coach Ali Higgs said. “We have some tough competition, but as long as we do the little things right, we will be successful. Overall, we are ready to get going.”
Last week, the Dolphins won four of the first six games at the JU Softball Complex to start the home schedule. They picked up two wins against Stony Brook, while also downing Ohio State and Bethune-Cookman. JU fought but fell to No. 5 Florida and No. 16 Louisville.
Senior Sarah Simon lead the JU offense after hitting .400 (8-20) with six RBI, three home runs and a double. She hit a home run against No. 5 Florida and hit her other two blasts in the wins against Stony Brook and Ohio State.
Sophomore Ashley Simon hit home runs on consecutive days, while freshman Victoria Brown had three doubles and five runs scored after hitting .389 (7-19) in six starts.
Brown also got the win in the circle against the Buckeyes after allowing two unearned runs on six hits and two strikeouts in seven innings. Freshman Cecile Gomez struck out 13 batters in 14 innings of work to get the wins against Stony Brook (2/15) and Bethune-Cookman.
The Lady Rattlers (1-8) lost four of their five games at the UCF Marriott Invitational last weekend. They did manage to knock off South Carolina, 5-4, for their lone win.
This is the second time the Dolphins have played the Lady Rattlers in the last two weeks. JU earned a 4-1 win behind two Sarah Simon home runs on the final day of the Panhandle Invitational on Feb. 10.
On Friday, JU starts its final home tourney against South Alabama (4:15 p.m.) and Seton Hall (6:30 p.m.). They will play Delaware and Mount St. Mary’s Saturday beginning at 4:15 p.m. The Dolphins close the tourney Sunday with Seton Hall and South Alabama again starting at 11:15 a.m.
Of the four teams in the tourney, the Dolphins have only played Seton Hall previously before this season. The Pirates own a slight 3-2 edge in the all-time series, but fell to the Dolphins, 10-2, last season in the UCF Tournament.
Fans can follow the action through the live stats on JUDolphins.com.
JU’s 7-3 mark through the first 10 games in the best start since the 2010 team (8-2) ... the Dolphins have at least seven hits in five of the last six games ... With her performance last week, Sarah Simon is now the JU all-time leader in total bases with 280. She is 11 shy of passing Amanda Schmidt (2009-12) for the all-time record of 126 ... freshman Cecile Gomez’s seven strikeouts against Bethune-Cookman (2/17) are tied for the most in a game by a JU pitcher this season. Freshman Victoria Brown also had seven against the Wildcats on Feb. 9.