SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2014
@JUsoftball Falls to Mercer in Weekend Series
Karson Tuck (Photo credit: Skip Tapp)
Karson Tuck (Photo credit: Skip Tapp)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University softball was swept over the weekend against Mercer as the Bears recorded a 6-3 win in the series finale on Sunday.

The Fins fall to 12-18 overall and 3-8 in the Atlantic Sun. The Bears improve to 23-10 overall and 6-2 in the conference.

Both Emily Sanchez and Karson Tuck finished the day 2-for-3. Tuck also recorded one RBI.

Mercer held a 4-0 lead through three innings before Jacksonville recorded its first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Caroline Taylor’s double to center field scored Riley Carter from second base while Randi Rea’s single up the middle plated Krista Kennedy from third base in the top of the first inning. In the top of the second, Carter’s RBI single up the middle plated McKenzie Woody while Carter scored on Taylor’s sac fly to right field.

Lexie Ballard put the Fins on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning as her fly out to right field brought home pinch runner Jada Power from third base. Sanchez initially reached first base on an error, Power came in to pinch run, advanced to second base on Tuck’s single to right field, and reached third base on Charli Bradshaw’s single down the left field line.

The Fins cut Mercer’s lead in half in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 4-2 deficit when Tuck’s double to center field scored Codi Kelly unearned from second base. Kelly reached first on an error and second base on Sanchez’s single down the left field line.

Mercer responded with two runs in the top of the seventh inning, Jacksonville recorded one in the bottom, but ultimately the Bears earned their 6-3 victory for the weekend sweep.

In the circle, Taylor Rossman (1-7), Cecile Gomez and Victoria Brown all tossed. Rossman allowed two runs (two earned) on one hit and two walks to start the game. Gomez pitched 6.1 innings of relief while Brown threw to close the game.

Mercer’s Kirsten Stevens (8-2) earned the win, allowing one run on three hits. Julia Rice allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in 2.0 innings of relief while Anna O’Neill tossed the final inning and earned her second save of the season.

Next, Jacksonville will host No. 9 Alabama on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. for a single contest.