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Softball achieves a consecutive three-game sweep

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Serena Quintana hits it off the park during the UNF game on March 24.

Serena Quintana hits it off the park during the UNF game on March 24.

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Serena Quintana hits it off the park during the UNF game on March 24.

Gage Bradshaw, Contributing Writer

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla — The Jacksonville University softball team was able to beat crosstown rival University of North Florida on Sunday to close out a three-game sweep of the Ospreys at the Debbie & Fred Pruitt Softball Complex.

The Dolphins started off hot, beating the Ospreys in a double-header on Saturday. They beat UNF 6-0 in the first game and went on to beat them again 7-0. Things began to cool down for the ladies on Sunday, but they were still able to come away with a 3-2 victory.

Freshman pitcher Madison Kaufman was excited with the result and how her team played this weekend.

“As a freshman, it was awesome beating our crosstown rival,” Kaufman said. “It was super exciting to start off my career with such a high standard.”

Sophomore outfielder Kate Davis expressed similar sentiments.

“I think we played some of our best ball of the season,” Davis said. “We had a lot of energy on both offense and defense, and we were able to put the game away.”

Davis also knew what the sweep meant for the JU softball team.

“It always feels good to beat a rival,” Davis said. “Especially beating them as bad as we did in the first two games. It felt really good to be able to put it to a team like UNF.”

Head Coach Erica Ayers said she was encouraged by how her team’s performance shone during the series.

“This was a huge step for us to be able to finish a series against a really tough opponent,” Ayers said. “We just had enough timely hitting to get it done.”

Even with the sweep this weekend, Kaufman picked up on some of the key things that could help the Dolphins moving forward

“We have to bring the energy like we did against UNF for all our future games,” Kaufman said. “I think when we play with that same kind of energy moving forward, we can take on anyone.”

Indeed, the team will need all the energy it can muster going into the next set of games. It faces 6th ranked University of Florida Friday, Hampton University Saturday, and then UF again on Sunday, all at the Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.

“We know how big a win against the Gators would be,” Davis said. “I think if we come focused and ready to bring the noise, then we can make that win happen.”

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