Softball Falls on Senior Day, Game 2 Postponed to Sunday
Senior Day (Photo credit: Skip Tapp)
Senior Day (Photo credit: Skip Tapp)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.Jacksonville University softball fell 4-3 to ETSU on Saturday, April 19 in the series-opener. The game was called in the bottom of the seventh inning due to weather. The second game of the scheduled double-header was postponed to Sunday. Tomorrow is slated to start at 12 p.m. with the second game to follow.

It was also senior day as Meagan Balding, Codi Kelly, Miranda Fleming and Karson Tuck were celebrated before the first pitch.

Jacksonville falls to 16-28 overall and 6-15 in the Atlantic Sun while ETSU improves to 18-26 and 6-13, respectively.

ETSU scored one run in the top of the third inning to open the contest. Jackie Baird hit an RBI single to right field to score Kelsey Chernak from third base. Chernak initially singled to left center and advanced to second base on Katie Wolff’s single to right.

JU tied the game 1-1 an inning later in the bottom of the fourth frame on Ashley Simon’s RBI single to center field. Pinch runner Jackie DiPiazza scored from second base. Tuck initially singled up the middle and stole second base on a wild pitch.

ETSU led once more in the top of the fifth inning when Baird hit a three-run home run to right field to score Nicole Fox and Wolff. But again it wasn’t long as the Fins responded in the bottom of the inning for a 4-3 deficit when Emily Sanchez hit a two-run homer to deep left field that scored Victoria Brown. Brown reached base on a walk.

On the mound, Taylor Rossman (3-10) took the loss. The sophomore struck out seven and allowed four runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks. Freshman Jessi Walker entered the mound for relief in the top of the sixth inning, allowing one hit and recording two strikeouts.

ETSU’s Wolff (5-11) allowed three runs (three earned) on five hits and four walks in the win. Wolff tossed 4.2 innings before Whitney Leon pitched 1.2 innings of relief.

Next, Jacksonville is slated to finish the series on Sunday with the first of two to start at 12 p.m.