TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2012
Dolphins get a nice win before conference play
The Jacksonville University softball team defeated the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 8-0 in five innings Tuesday night in Jacksonville. This marked the Dolphins fourth mercy rule victory of the season.
Back to back solo home runs in the bottom of the first gave the Dolphins a lead they would never relinquish. After a groundout to start the inning, freshman Ronnie Gajownik sent the first pitch she saw over the left field fence for her first home run of her career. The ever dangerous Sarah Simon then followed with an opposite field blast for her sixth bomb of the season and bringing her team leading RBI total to 27.
Senior Sarah Sigrest (12-6) rebounded after a tough loss at Florida State to shut down the Wildcats. She went five innings allowing just two hits while striking out five batters. After the first inning, Sigrest only allowed one Bethune-Cookman batter to reach base.
The Dolphins kept the hits coming scoring three runs in the both the second and third innings.
Melissa Morales finally got another RBI after recording one in 11 straight games earlier in the season. With the bases loaded in the second with no outs, Morales singled to bring in two runs. Codi Kelly followed with a single of her own that drove in another run. That was one of Kelly’s game-high three RBI. After just two innings of play, JU was up 5-0 and that was all that they needed for the win.
With JU adding three more runs and Sigrest continuing to shut down the Bethune-Cookman batters, the game was over after five innings with JU winning 8-0.
The Dolphins (18-14) kick off conference play this weekend when they host Belmont for a double header on Friday and then return on Saturday to take on Lipscomb. The first game on Friday is scheduled to begin at 5:00 pm.