@JUsoftball Hosts Marist in Non-Conference Competition
Cecile Gomez (Photo credit: Skip Tapp)
Cecile Gomez (Photo credit: Skip Tapp)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University softball is gearing up for another non-conference competition on Thursday, March 20, hosting Marist College in a double-header.

The first game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at the JU Softball Complex, with the second to follow at 3:00 p.m.

Jacksonville (11-14 overall, 3-5 Atlantic Sun) is 2-0 all-time against Marist (5-9 overall, 0-0 MAAC), which holds a 1-5 road record.

The Dolphins are coming off of two straight conference losses at Lipscomb last Saturday, the first of which the Atlantic Sun Conference said was “one of the best games of the year.

Play was scoreless until the top of the sixth inning when Jacksonville recorded four runs on three hits. Victoria Brown opened the inning with a hit by pitch, Ashley Simon singled to right field on a full count, Jackie DiPiazza pinch ran for Simon, Codi Kelly recorded a sac bunt, and Emily Sanchez hit an RBI single to score Brown from third for a 1-0 lead. Adrienne Ramsay came in to pinch run for Sanchez, Karson Tuck hit a sac fly to score DiPiazza from third base for a 2-0 advantage, and Stephanie Frances followed with a 2-RBI home run to right field for a 4-0 shutout. Lipscomb answered in the bottom of the sixth inning on Brianne Welch’s RBI single that scored Rena Cothron and from that point on it was a back-and-forth fight until Lipscomb’s Brittany Elmore recorded a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to end the game 10-7 (9).

In the second meeting, Jacksonville fell 11-0 in five innings.

Kelly leads the way at the plate, hitting .351 (27-for-77), followed by Charli Bradshaw (.348, 8-for-23) and Cecile Gomez (.322, 19-for-59). Tuck led the Fins last weekend against the Lady Bisons, hitting .600 (3-for-5) with one home run and two RBI. In the circle, Brown (5-6) holds a 2.74 ERA in 79.1 innings pitched.

For the Red Foxes, Taylor Kuzma (.433, 13-for-30), Haley Birnbaum (.320, 8-for-25) and Kyrsten Van Natta (.317, 13-for-41) stand first, second and third, respectively, at the plate. On the mound, Paige Lewis is 3-2 with a 2.62 ERA in 26.2 innings tossed.