Dolphins Blast Past Elon

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—In a midweek out of conference matchup, the JU softball team bounced back after a disappointing weekend to sweep Elon Tuesday afternoon in a doubleheader at the JU Softball Complex.  The Dolphins exploded for 27 hits winning the first game 7-2 and the second 11-1 in five innings. 

The Dolphins (23-10, 5-3 A-Sun) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to a leadoff home run by Victoria Brown and a RBI single from Ashley Simon. 

Freshman Cecile Gomez made the start for the Dolphins and seemed to have things under control until the third inning.  After a walk and a sacrifice bunt to give Elon a runner at second, Gomez threw away a ball to first to allow the runner to score on the play and cut the JU lead in half. 

The Phoenix (11-17) threatened again in the fourth.  After a leadoff walk, a double to right center created a play at the plate in which second baseman Codi Kelly cutoff the outfield throw and fired a strike to the blocking Sarah Simon to tag the runner out at home.  Gomez day was done as Taylor Rossman was brought on in relief.  Back to back walks gave Elon the bases loaded with only one out.  After a foul out, a single up the middle scored the runner from third and tied the game at 2-2.  Rossman would prevent any further damage by getting the next runner to strike out and end the threat. 

Brown (8-4) would come on to pitch in the fifth as JU would retake the lead and never look back.

Kelly followed a groundout by doubling to center field.  She scored from second on a Sarah Simon single up the middle.  Jackie DiPiazza pinch ran for Simon who ended up at second on the play and scored when Karson Tuck sent a pitch into left field.  Tuck advanced to second when the left fielder misfielded the ball.  Designated player Emily Sanchez followed with a single to right field to score Tuck and put JU up 5-2. 

The Dolphins would add two more in the bottom of the sixth to give JU the 7-2 win.

Game two of the doubleheader proved to be a showcase for the Dolphin bats as JU hit three home runs.

Senior Dale Tillman (6-2) allowed a run in the first inning but recovered to allow just 2 hits and strikeout four batters in five innings of work.

The Dolphins responded in the bottom of the first with four runs including back to back home runs from Ashley Simon and Tuck. 

JU strung together four hits in the second to add to more runs and lead 6-1. 

Meagan Balding sent a pitch over the left center fence in the bottom of the third to put the Dolphins up 7-1.  Four more singles in the inning gave JU a 9-1 lead after three. 

Jacksonville would pick up three more singles and two more runs in the fourth to finish with a total of 15 hits and win game two 11-1. 

The Dolphins travel to Macon, Ga. to take on the Mercer Bears in a three-game series starting with a doubleheader on March 29.