WEDNESDAY, APRIL 09, 2008
Softball drops two to North Florida
April 8, 2008
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU softball team fell in two games to North Florida, 7-0, 9-1, in the SunTrust River City Rumble matchup at the UNF Softball Complex on Tuesday. Senior first baseman Sara Gordon, went 2-for-2 with the Dolphins only RBI in game two.
North Florida (33-20, 10-6 A-Sun) picked up two vital SunTrust River City Rumble points as the Dolphins could not find a way paste their strong pitching performances.
Sophomore Devon Findley (18-10) picked up the shutout after holding the Dolphins to just four hits, while striking out eight in game one, while senior Tori Ahern(14-8) gave up only run in four innings to pick up the win in game two. Findley also pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the second game.
The Dolphins (19-31, 5-9 A-Sun) found themselves down, 3-0, in the first inning of game one and were fighting and uphill battle from the get-go. Big innings would be the theme of the night, as the Lady Ospreys added four more runs in the bottom of the fifth.
After two consecutive walks by senior designated player Patricia Melo and senior right fielder Jillian Mirante, freshman shortstop Katie Kelly singled to load the bases. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, they would leave them empty as Findley survived the scare and preserved the shutout.
Kelly was the bright spot for the Dolphins, going 3-for-3. Sophomore second baseman Kelly McKeon recorded the Dolphins other hit in game one, as the Dolphins were out hit just six to four.
Sophomore pitcher Ashley Iveson (2-10) took the loss for the Dolphins, giving up seven runs (four earned) in four and a third innings. Freshman pitcher Jackie Samuels struck out two in 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.
Game two started off well for the Dolphins, as Gordon's two-out single that scored McKeon, who had walked, gave the Dolphins the 1-0 lead. Senior pitcher Shannon Jensen limited the Lady Ospreys to one hit through the first three innings and recorded her 400th career strikeout in the second.
The wheels came off in the fourth inning, when with two outs, North Florida exploded for eight runs.
The Lady Ospreys added one in the fifth to end the game.
The Dolphins will be back in action on Friday, with a crucial Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader against Campbell at Buies Creek, N.C., beginning at 4 p.m.