GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University softball opened on Wednesday night at No. 1 Florida with a handful of great defensive plays, but Florida’s bats were too much for the Dolphins, as the Gators won 6-0.
To start the game in the top of the first, Jacksonville (5-5) began strong as Victoria Brown and Karson Tuck reached base on singles to left and center, respectively, before a double-play ended the top half. In the bottom, Charli Bradshaw recorded a save in deep left while Sable Lee followed with a diving catch in center to end Florida’s chances of scoring with two on. In the bottom of the second, Florida’s Aubree Munro attempted a steal to second to stand in scoring position with two outs, but Brooke Smith’s laser to Tuck at short stop ended the attempt and the inning.
In the circle, Brown (3-2) struck out four Gators in 5.1 innings on the mound, although seven Gators tallied hits, six crossed home plate and four walked. Cecile Gomez came in for relief in the bottom of the sixth and allowed just one hit.
Florida’s Lauren Haeger (4-0) tossed the complete game, striking out seven and allowing four hits.
For Florida (12-0), Taylore Fuller put the Gators on the board in the bottom of the third with a solo shot to center and Florida scored every inning to follow, scoring one in the fourth, two in the fifth and two in the sixth, including Haeger’s two-RBI home run to center to plate Justine McLean from second in the fifth.
At the plate for Jacksonville, Brown, Tuck, Bradshaw and Codi Kelly each tallied one hit.
Next, Jacksonville will host Southern Illinois, Savannah State, UIC, Bethune-Cookman and Mount St. Mary’s in its second straight home tournament Feb. 21-23 at the JU Softball Complex.