FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2013
Dolphins Blank Bears

MACON, Ga.—The JU softball team swept the Mercer Bears Friday, winning both games of a doubleheader in dominating fashion.  The Dolphins took game one 8-0 in six innings followed by a 6-0 win in game two.

Jacksonville (25-10, 7-3 A-Sun) picked up two big conference wins over Mercer (21-18, 9-4 A-Sun) through dominant pitching and power hitting. 

Freshman pitcher Cecile Gomez (8-0) made the start in game one and pitched a gem.  She allowed just two hits in six innings of work while striking out four batters. 

Gomez was spotted a three run lead before she even stepped foot onto the field as JU was able to get on the board early.

After a groundout and a walk, catcher Sarah Simon blasted her 12th home run of the season to give JU the 2-0 lead. Third baseman Ashley Simon followed with a double and eventually scored off a Mercer fielding error. 

The 3-0 lead would prove to be more than enough for Gomez and the Dolphins but the JU offense was not done.

Ashley Simon would smash a two run home run over the left field wall in the top of the fifth to stretch the lead to 5-0.

The Dolphins would add three more in the top of the sixth to make it 8-0 and end the game early via the mercy rule.

Game two proved to be more of the same from the Dolphins.

Senior Dale Tillman (7-2) made the start and pitched a complete game shutout allowing just six hits in the seven inning of work. 

JU once again was able to strike in the top of the first with the help of extra base hitting.

Centerfielder Victoria Brown led the game off with a single to bring second baseman Codi Kelly to the plate.  She hit a line drive down the right field line that scored Brown all the way from first and left Kelly standing at third for the triple. 

The Dolphins would add runs in the second and third thanks to an RBI single from Jacey Warner in the second and a Karson Tuck double in the third to push the lead to 3-0.

JU would double its lead in the fifth thanks to the long ball.

Sarah Simon led the inning off with a solo shot to right for her second home run on the day.  Ashley Simon followed with a double down the left filed line to bring up Tuck who sent a pitch over the left field fence to put JU up 6-0 and cap off the scoring for the day.

In the two wins, the Dolphins not only dominated with pitching allowing just eight combined hits and no runs, and hitting recording four home runs and 21 hits, but JU also displayed stellar defense committing no errors. 

Jacksonville will go for the series sweep tomorrow when the two teams take the field for the series finale scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.