FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012
Softball gets split with USC Upstate
After a power outage in game one, the Jacksonville University softball team came alive in the second game to earn a split with USC Upstate in Atlantic Sun Conference play Friday night.
Upstate’s Hannah Alexander (21-3) held the Dolphins offense to just four hits and one run, coming on a Karson Tuck homer, as the Spartans (32-8, 5-3 A-Sun) rallied to take game one, 4-1.
The Dolphins (24-19, 5-5 A-Sun) rebounded in game two with 12 hits, while Brittany Eppley allowed just one hit in the circle leading to an 11-0 win in five innings.
“We did a good job at the plate in the second game and staying disciplined,” said JU head coach Ali Higgs. “Brittany did a great job pitching and never allowed them to get comfortable. The first game was a tough loss to have the lead and not finish it off.”
Having been held hitless through the first two innings, Tuck led off the third inning with what looked like a routine fly ball that got up in the strong breeze and had the distance to get out of the ball park.
Clinging to that lead in the sixth, JU saw the Spartans bat around – scoring four runs on four hits, the biggest being a two-out two-run double by Ericka Harris.
Trailing in the seventh, the Dolphins got the first two hitters on base – but couldn’t push a run across as the Spartans held on for a 4-1 win.
Sigrest (14-9) got the loss for JU, allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out three.
In game two, the Dolphins posted five runs in the first with three coming off a home run by Sarah Simon. From there, Jacksonville rolled – putting up a run in the second on the first career home run by Melissa Morales and put the game out of reach with five runs in the fourth.
Eppley (7-7) was masterful in the second game, allowing just one hit to Ericka Harris in the fourth.
The Dolphins return to action with a doubleheader on Saturday against ETSU. It will also be Senior Day as JU will recognize its Senior Class between games.