Softball Splits Saturday, Beats North Carolina
Codi Kelly (Photo credit: Skip Tapp)
Codi Kelly (Photo credit: Skip Tapp)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University softball split its double-header on Saturday, Feb. 15 during day two of the JU Tournament at the JU Softball Complex. The Fins (4-4) took out North Carolina 3-1 before falling to Notre Dame 9-1 by the mercy rule.

Against the Tar Heels, Jacksonville recorded single runs in the bottom of the first, fourth and fifth.

Senior Codi Kelly (2-for-3, 1R, 1RBI) put the Fins on the board with a solo home run to right field for her first long ball of the season. Jackie DiPiazza (1-for-2, 1RBI) then blasted an RBI double down the left field line in the fourth to plate pinch runner Sable Lee, who ran from second for Meagan Balding after Balding doubled to left center. Emily Sanchez scored JU's third and final run against North Carolina, plating Karson Tuck (1-for-3, 1R) after Tuck smashed a triple to center.

North Carolina earned a last-minute run in the seventh on Amber Parrish’s solo home run to left, but it wasn’t enough as Jacksonville won 3-1.

In the circle, Cecile Gomez (2-0) won her second game of the season, fanning one, walking one, and allowing one earned run and three hits in 7.0 innings. For North Carolina, freshman Kendra Lynch took her second loss, while Lauren Batten took the mound in relief. Lynch allowed six hits, two earned runs and one walk in 4.0 innings, while Batten allowed two hits and one earned run in 2.0.

It was a different story against Notre Dame (5-1) in Jacksonville’s second and final game of the evening, as the Fins were held to one hit by Allie Rhodes (3-0). Notre Dame’s sophomore thrower struck out five, walked five, allowed one earned run and one hit in 5.0.

The Fighting Irish scored once in the bottom of the first, five in the second, one in the third and two in the fifth, while Jacksonville’s lone run in the top of the fourth was scored by Gomez. Gomez walked, advanced to second on Brooke Smith’s walk, touched third on Lexie Ballard’s fly out to right, and scored on Balding’s RBI single up the middle.

Next, Jacksonville will conclude play in the JU Tournament on Sunday at 12 p.m. against North Carolina. No. 25 Louisville and Notre Dame face-off in game one at 9:30 a.m. at JU Softball Complex.