Softball Continues Their Winning Ways at JU Tournament


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The Jacksonville University softball team got back to their winning ways following a loss to the Florida Gators. The Dolphins defeated Stony Brook 6-1 and Ohio State 4-2 on Friday, the first day of the JU Tournament.

Senior Sarah Simon, junior Karson Tuck and sophomore Ashley Simon each had home runs setting up the two Dolphins (5-2) victories.

“This was an excellent way to start the tourney,” JU head coach Ali Higgs said. “Our team came to play today and it showed. We need to build off the momentum to help us with another tough day tomorrow.”
The freshman-pitching duo of Cecile Gomez and Victoria Brown held strong yet again for the Dolphins, propelling JU to the wins.

On Saturday, the Dolphins split their two games, defeating Stony Brook 9-1 and losing to No. 16 ranked Louisville 9-0.

Jacey Warner had four total hits on the day to lead the Dolphins offensive attack. Warner, Sarah Simon and Sable Lee all had two RBI’s against Stony Brook.

In the game against Louisville, a few Dolphin errors proved costly as the Cardinals broke the game open early.
The Dolphins generated a few opportunities but the Cardinals pitching staff shut down their attack every time.

On the final day of the JU Tournament, the Dolphins sent Cecile Gomez back to the mound to face the Bethune Cookman Wildcats and try to close out the weekend on a winning note.
Gomez struck out seven while allowing two runs on four hits in seven innings of work.

“This is a good way to end the weekend,” JU head coach Ali Higgs said. “Even though we didn’t start great, I was happy with the way we battled and did what we had to do for the win. We have some things we have to work out in practice before another challenging home tourney next weekend.”

The Dolphins offense was held down through the first few innings. JU broke through for a few runs in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead on their way to a 3-2 victory.

JU’s next matchup is in Tallahassee where they’ll take on FAMU before returning home for the JU Invitational this week, Friday-Sunday.