WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014
@JUsoftball Sweeps Non-Conference Opponent Bethune-Cookman
Codi Kelly (Photo credit: Skip Tapp)
Codi Kelly (Photo credit: Skip Tapp)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University softball swept non-conference Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday evening to close out its 2014 home slate.

The Fins improve to 18-28 overall while the Wildcats fall to 18-27. Jacksonville ended its home record at 14-14.

GAME ONE: JACKSONVILLE 7, BETHUNE-COOKMAN 2

JU scored seven runs on six hits and two errors while BCU tallied two runs on four hits and one error.

In the bottom of the third inning, Emily Sanchez hit an RBI single to left field that plated Codi Kelly from third base for a 1-0 JU lead. Kelly reached first base on a Bethune-Cookman error, advanced on the throw and moved to third base on Victoria Brown’s sac bunt. Charli Bradshaw then made it a 2-0 JU advantage with an RBI triple up the right field line that scored pinch runner Jada Power from first base.

Bethune-Cookman tied the game 2-2 in the top of the sixth inning. Sabrina Anguiano was hit by a pitch to force Kelsey Rodney home from third base while Melissa Berouty followed with an RBI fielder’s choice as Kaitlin Alamprese plated. Brown then entered the pitcher’s mound to replace Taylor Rossman.

JU reclaimed its lead in the bottom of the sixth inning with two straight RBI walks, a balk and an RBI double. Pinch runner Jackie DiPiazza and pinch runner Meagan Balding both walked home on bases-loaded walks, Miranda Fleming scored on a balk and both Kelly and Brown scored for a 7-2 JU lead on Sanchez’s two-RBI double to right field.

Brown earned her eighth win in the circle, fanning two in 2.0 innings of relief. Rossman started the contest and tossed 5.0 innings, allowing two runs (two earned) on four hits and one walk while striking out two.

BCU’s Bailey Conner (9-12) recorded the loss, allowing seven runs (five earned) on six hits and seven walks in the complete game. Conner threw one strikeout and had one balk.

GAME TWO: JACKSONVILLE 2, BETHUNE-COOKMAN 1

JU tallied two runs on seven hits and BCU one run on five hits.

BCU opened the second game with a single run in the opening frame as Alamprese’s RBI sac fly to left field scored Calesha Shelley from third base. Shelley led off with a double down the left field line and advanced to third base on a passed ball.

JU evened the contest in the bottom of third frame at 1-1 when Sanchez smacked an RBI single to right center that plated Kelly from second base -- Kelly reached on a single up the middle and advanced to second base on Brown’s single to left field -- before Karson Tuck followed with an RBI single to shallow center field that plated Brown for a 2-1 JU advantage.

In the top of the fifth inning, BCU threated with the bases loaded, but Fleming grabbed a fly out to left field to end the frame.

BCU’s final attempt in the top of the seventh didn’t last long as Destinee Williams struck out looking and both Shelley and Rodney popped up to shortstop to close the contest.

Brown earned her second win of the day, tossing seven strikeouts in the full 7.0 innings. She allowed just one run (zero earned) on five hits and three walks.

Anguianos took the loss, allowing two runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk.

Next, Jacksonville will conclude its regular-season this weekend on the road at Stetson.