Softball Falls in Non-Conference Doubleheader
Cecile Gomez (Photo credit: Skip Tapp)
Cecile Gomez (Photo credit: Skip Tapp)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Jacksonville University softball competed on Wednesday March 5 in a non-conference doubleheader in the UCF Round Robin, but was unable to takeaway a win, losing to UCF 4-2 and Boston College 5-0.

Jacksonville falls to 8-10 on the season.

Against UCF, Jacksonville held a 2-1 advantage in the top of the fourth before succumbing to UCF’s two runs in the bottom of the fifth and one run in the bottom of the sixth to fall 4-2.

UCF (12-7) opened scoring in the bottom of the third, capitalizing on Brittany Solis’s RBI-single through the right side to plate Samantha McCloskey from second.

Responding in the top of the fourth, Cecile Gomez hit a laser home run down the left field line to score Karson Tuck from second for a 2-1 lead, although it didn’t last.

UCF capitalized once more in the bottom of the fifth with runners in scoring position on a full count when Shelby Turnier tripled down the left field line against Gomez to bring home Farrah Sullivan and McCloskey. The Knights added their final run in the bottom of the sixth.

Taylor Rossman (0-3) allowed three runs (three earned) on three hits. The sophomore fanned two. Gomez, who came in for relief to toss 2.0 innings, allowed one run (one earned) on two hits, while garnering one strikeout.

UCF’s Turnier (7-1) struck out 11, allowed two runs (two earned) on three hits and recorded four walks.

The Knights held a slight 5-3 advantage in hits during the game.

Against Boston College (9-8), the meeting was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when the Eagles recorded five runs. That’s all BC needed to shutout Jacksonville 5-0.

Jessie Daulton singled an RBI-bunt to plate Nicole Koszowski, Nicole D’Argento singled up the middle to score Taylor Coroneos, and Alana DiMaso hit a 3-RBI long ball to left that brought home Daulton and D’Argento.

In Jacksonville’s last chance in the top of the seventh, Codi Kelly singled through the right side, Tuck singled to third and Kelly advanced to third on a throwing error, but the Fins weren’t able to put down a run.

Victoria Brown, Kelly and Tuck each recorded one hit apiece. Boston College scored five runs on seven hits.

On the mound, Brown (4-5) allowed five runs (five earned) on seven hits with three walks in the complete 6.0 inning effort. Boston College’s Coroneos, in her first collegiate start, allowed three hits while fanning five in 7.0 innings of work.

Next, Jacksonville will return to Atlantic Sun Conference play March 8-9, hosting Northern Kentucky at the JU Softball Complex.