TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012
Sigrest exits with a no-hitter
Stepping into the circle for the final time at home in her record setting career wearing the green and gold, senior pitcher Sarah Sigrest saved her best performance for last. She pitched her first career no-hitter against the Georgia Southern Eagles in the first game of a double header Tuesday night at the JU Softball Complex.
Jacksonville won the first game 2-0, then fell in the second 1-0.
Although the Dolphins dropped the second game, the night belonged to Sigrest.
“I just really wanted to end my career at home with something worth remembering,” said Sigrest and she did exactly that.
It took her just 80 pitches for her to record the no-hit shutout. She struck out 12 Eagle batters and was an error away from a perfect game.
Although Sigrest was dominating, the game remained in doubt all the way until the sixth inning. Sophomore Codi Kelly picked the perfect time to record her first home run of the season as she led the inning off with a solo shot over the left field fence. The one run would have been enough for Sigrest but the Dolphins tacked on another insurance run. Three straight singles loaded the bases for Karson Tuck who hit a foul ball deep in the right field corner that allowed the runner at third to tag up and score.
Sigrest took the mound for the seventh only three outs away from the no-hitter. She struck the first batter out swinging on just three pitches for out number one. Every no-hitter always has that great defensive play to keep it going and this game was no different. Ronnie Gajownik made a great diving catch for the second out that looked like it had a hit written all over it. Sigrest then finished the performance off by inducing a popup and sealing her first career no-hitter all to a standing ovation from the Dolphin faithful.
Junior Dale Townsend made the start for JU in the second game and had a great pitching performance of her own. She allowed just two hits over seven innings while striking out five batters.
The Eagles finally broke through in the top of the third inning for their first hit of the day. With two outs, Georgia Southern was able to hit a ball back up the middle just past Townsend to get a runner on. A walk and a single drove in a run as the batter was able to beat the throw to first allowing the runner at second to score and but Georgia Southern up 1-0.
Townsend would not allow a hit the rest of the night, but she still ended up with the loss as she received no run support.
The Dolphins stranded runners on third in two consecutive innings but could not find that timely hit to bring the runner home.
Jacksonville (29-22, 9-7 A-Sun) finish the 2012 season with a 16-8 home record and will have the week off for final exams and then will conclude the regular season with a road trip to Deland, FL when they take on the Stetson Hatters May 3rd.