WEDNESDAY, MARCH 06, 2013
Dolphins drop pair to Eagles
Catcher Sarah Simon
Catcher Sarah Simon

STATESBORO, Ga. – In a midweek matchup between JU and Georgia Southern, the Dolphin softball team dropped both games of a double header to the Eagles.  JU fell 9-5 in game one followed by 5-3 in game two.

The Dolphins (14-7) got off to a hot start in game one scoring two runs in the top of the first, but the lead would be short-lived.

After a groundout to start the inning, second baseman Codi Kelly singled up the middle and then stole second.  First baseman Emily Sanchez struck out swinging but alertly reached first base safely as the third strike got away from the catcher.  This also allowed Kelly to advance to third.  After Sanchez stole second to give JU runners on second and third, senior catcher Sarah Simon singled to left field to drive in two runs and give the Dolphins the early lead.

The Eagles (11-10) would capitalize on three Dolphin errors in the bottom half of the inning to score three runs and reclaim the lead. 

Georgia Southern would add runs in the second and third to take a 5-2 lead into the fourth inning.

The Dolphins were able to chip into the lead in top of the fourth as pitcher Victoria Brown doubled to drive in Cecile Gomez from second base to cut the lead to 5-3. 

The Eagles however responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning to push the lead back to three. 

In the top of the fifth, Sanchez led off with a double to center field to bring up Sarah Simon.  She sent a pitch over the right center wall for her team leading seventh home run and 18th RBI.  This closed the Dolphins to within just one run as the score stood 6-5 entering into the bottom of the fifth.

As they had all game long, Georgia Southern was able to respond.  They scored three runs off three hits and a Dolphin error to push the lead out to four.

JU was not able to score in the sixth or seventh innings as Georgia Southern won 9-5.

Brown (6-2) was credited with the loss after going 4.0 innings and giving up five earned runs off of eight hits.

In the second game of the double header, the Dolphins fell into an early hole that they were not able to dig out of.

Just like in game one, Georgia Southern was able to score three runs in the bottom of the first to stake themselves to an early 3-0 lead.

They were able to add two more runs to their lead before the Dolphins could muster their first run of the game.

In the top of the fifth trailing 5-0, shortstop Ashley Simon led off the inning with a solo home run to left field.  This was only the second hit of the night for the Dolphins.

Trailing 5-1 heading into the top of the seventh, JU had to mount an unlikely comeback. 

After a leadoff single, Ashley Simon stepped up to the plate and belted a pitch over the centerfield fence for her second home run of the night and seventh on the season.  The Eagle lead was cut to two as the Dolphins trailed 5-3 with no outs. 

A passed ball on a third strike and a walk gave JU runners on first and second with no outs.  Meagan Balding then laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third with just one out. 

The JU comeback however came to a screeching halt as the next two batters struck out to end the inning and give Georgia Southern the sweep.

Senior Dale Tillman (2-2) picked up her second loss of the season as she gave up eight hits and four earned runs over six innings of work.

The Dolphins will look to rebound as they start Atlantic Sun Saturday as they host Lipscomb for a three game series.  The first game of the double header on Saturday is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.