SUNDAY, APRIL 01, 2012
A tale of two games
The Jacksonville University softball team split a pair of conference games with the Lipscomb Bisons on Sunday afternoon at the JU Softball Complex in Jacksonville after the games were moved from Saturday due to weather. JU won the first game 1-0 in dramatic fashion with a walk off home run, but fell in the second after conceding four home runs to lose 9-3.
The first game was a classic pitcher’s duel with each pitcher allowing just one hit a piece. Neither team had a runner reach second base. Sarah Sigrest (13-7) was on top of her game allowing just one hit over seven innings while striking out eight.
Lipscomb’s Whitney Kiihnl held the Dolphins hitless until the bottom of the seventh inning. Kiihnl started off the inning striking out Amanda Schmidt for the third JU strikeout of the day. That brought up freshman shortstop Ronnie Gajownik. On a 1-1 count she hammered a ball to deep left center and out of the park to give the Dolphins their first hit of the game and the walk off win. It was Gajownik’s second home run of the year and JU’s second walk off hit of the season.
The second game of the double header had no resemblance to the first.
The two teams combined for 19 hits and 12 runs to give Lipscomb the 9-3 win.
Brittany Eppley (4-6) took the mound for the Dolphins and started out strong retiring the first six batters she faced. She allowed a leadoff home run in the top of the third but settled down to get out of the inning without any more damage. Trouble found her in the fourth however as Lipscomb led off with yet another home run followed by two singles. That brought in Sigrest who could not get the Dolphins out of the jam without allowing four total runs to score in the inning.
JU had success at the plate early in the game and jumped out to a 2-0 lead. In the second, Ashley Simon doubled to bring in a run and then scored herself after Melissa Morales singled up the middle. The Dolphin lead would be erased after the tough fourth inning. The Bisons brought back in Kiihnl in the fifth inning who shut down any chance of a Dolphin comeback allowing just one hit.
The Bisons ended any chance of a JU comeback when they stretched their lead to six in the top of seventh. With two outs Haley Elliot hit a three run home run to seal the 9-3 victory for Lipscomb.
JU (20-16, 2-2) will make its first conference road trip when it travels to Mercer and Kennesaw State next weekend. The Dolphins are scheduled to play Mercer in a double header on Friday, April 6, and then return Saturday to face Kennesaw for a double header as well.