SUNDAY, APRIL 06, 2014
Ospreys Beat Dolphins For Series Sweep
Codi Kelly (Photo credit: Skip Tapp)
Codi Kelly (Photo credit: Skip Tapp)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University softball fell to North Florida 7-2 on Sunday as the Ospreys swept the weekend series.

JU stands 14-23 overall and 5-12 in the Atlantic Sun. UNF improves to 22-18 and 7-11, respectively.

The Dolphins started hot like yesterday early on, loading the bases in the top of the first frame on Lexie Ballard’s single, Emily Sanchez’s single and Victoria Brown’s walk, although they were unable to score after earning three outs.

Ballard made a solid effort in the bottom of the first with a double play, tagging third base and throwing to Sanchez at first base to call Marissa Thomas out on the run for two outs. Brown also put down an impressive play in the bottom of the fifth inning, diving to claim a pop up by Rachel Engel to stop a potential base hit.

Ashia Kerr started the scoring in the bottom of the second inning with a solo home run to right field on two outs for a 1-0 UNF lead. In the bottom of the third inning, UNF increased its advantage to 4-0 when Reynolds hit a three-run homer to center field. But, JU cut the game to 4-2 after scoring two runs on one hit and two UNF errors in the top of the fourth frame.

Brooke Smith reached first base with an error on UNF’s second baseman to plate Codi Kelly from third base and advance Stephanie Frances to third base. Charli Bradshaw then reached first base on an error by UNF’s shortstop and pinch runner Miranda Fleming ran home from third base for a 4-2 score.

But UNF took a 7-2 lead after one run in the bottom of the fourth and two in the bottom of the fifth inning. Ashley Holton hit an RBI double to third base to score Lexi Taylor from second base, while Katie Mandigo knocked a two-RBI double down the left field line to plate Mariah Reynolds and Kerr in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Brown (7-9) allowed four runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks. Reliever Taylor Rossman allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and one walk in 3.1 innings. UNF’s Kaylie Wallace (9-7) allowed one hit and two walks.

Next, Jacksonville will host Florida A&M on April 9 in a single non-conference match-up.