SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2012
Dolphins downed in eight
The JU softball team fell to the St. Louis Billikens for the second time in as many days 1-0 in extra innings in the final game of the JU Opening Weekend Tournament.
The struggles that the Dolphins had at the plate on Saturday carried over into Sunday’s contest with JU only recording four hits and managing to score no runs.
A strong pitching effort by staff ace Sarah Sigrest (1-2) kept the Dolphins in the game till the very end. Fatigue was expected to be a factor with Sigrest as the game progressed after pitching 161 pitches the night before, but she only got stronger as the innings wore on striking out 11. She went eight innings giving up six hits and walking one. At one point Sigrest struck out seven out of the eight batters she face during the fifth through the seventh innings.
The Dolphins were able to get base runners on through walks and hit batters and get them into scoring position on many occasions but could never get the timely hit needed to bring someone around and score a run. Both teams struggled all day with leaving runners on base as they combined to strand 19 with 10 of those being Dolphins.
St. Louis was able to score the sole run of the game in the top of the eighth inning. The Billikens started with a runner on second per the extra innings rules. St. Louis catcher, Alyson Brand sacrificed Kerri Dockins over to third. After Laura Bohning popped up to JU first baseman Brittany Eppley, Rachel Faletto singled into center to score Dockins and put the Billikens in the lead.
In JU’s last chance to extend or win the game, senior Amanda Schmidt flied out to begin the inning. Catcher Sarah Simon was walked on four pitches to bring up Codi Kelly who struck out swinging. Designated Player Meagan Balding followed with a ground out to the short stop to end the game.
The Dolphins finish the weekend at 2-3 and will face a tough road test when they travel to Gainesville on Wednesday to take on the fourth ranked Florida Gators.