@JUSoftball Bested by No. 7 Alabama
Karson Tuck (Photo credit: Skip Tapp)
Karson Tuck (Photo credit: Skip Tapp)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In their first-ever meeting against No. 7 Alabama, the Jacksonville University softball team held the Crimson Tide to six runs while earning two of their own in a 6-2 loss Tuesday evening.

Jacksonville falls to 12-19, while Alabama improves to 28-5.

Despite Alabama’s six runs in the top of the opening frame, the Dolphins seized the Crimson Tide scoreless for the remaining six innings. Alabama earned six runs on seven hits, while Jacksonville plated two on nine.

Brooke Smith led the way finishing 2-for-3, while both Charli Bradshaw and Karson Tuck went 2-for-4.

Alabama’s Danielle Richard scored the game’s first run on Jadyn Spencer’s RBI single, while Kaila Hunt crossed home plate on Jaclyn Traina’s fielder’s choice. Danae Hays then followed in the next at-bat by smashing a grand slam to score Traina, Leona Lafaele, and Spencer for a 6-0 advantage.

The Fins responded in the bottom of the second inning, not letting the Tide earn a shutout. They loaded the bases when Bradshaw singled to second base, Cecile Gomez singled up the middle, and Smith singled to right field. Shortly after, Codi Kelly’s walk against Alabama’s Leslie Jury pushed Gomez home for Jacksonville’s first run. The Fins recorded their final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth frame when Lexie Ballard scored, rushing home from third base on a wild pitch by freshman reliever Sydney Littlejohn.

Gomez (3-3) took the loss, allowing six runs (six earned) on five hits and one walk. Victoria Brown pitched 6.2 innings of relief, striking out one, allowing two hits, and walking four.

Alabama’s Jury (12-3) fanned six, walked two and allowed one run on seven hits. Littlejohn tossed 2.2 innings of relief and let up one run on two hits while striking out four.

Next, Jacksonville returns to Atlantic Sun action this weekend to host Kennesaw State starting with a double-header at 1 p.m. on Saturday.