Softball Team Splits a Double-Header

George Wahl II

Photo by Brett Durda

Jacksonville University Women’s Softball kicked off their Sunday double-header with 7-6 win against the University of South Carolina. JU struck for 8 hits and capitalized on three Gamecock errors on their way to victory.
Dolphins pitcher Sarah Sigrest went the distance allowing 6 runs on 8 hits while striking out 6. Center fielder Kayla Ouelette and second baseman Karson Tuck led the team offensively with 2 hits each.

Neither team could hold the lead throughout the game. JU and USC went back and forth all the way until the last inning.

JU took their first lead on the bottom of the third with 3 runs. Catcher Sarah Simon went deep to highlight the inning. Shortly after in the top of the fifth, the Gamecocks struck back for 2 runs of their own. Immediately after, JU responded with a 2 run double off the bat of freshman Short Stop Ashley Simon.

In the top of the sixth, South Carolina strikes back yet again to tie the game at 6 runs a piece. The Dolphins regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth with a sacrifice fly from Sarah Simon, plating Ouellet. JU then held on in the seventh to take the win.

After a short break, JU was back on the diamond to take on Florida International University. Runs were hard to come by on both ends in game two. The Dolphins lone run of the game came off the bat of Meagan Balding who went deep for a solo home run. JU was quiet for much of the game after that.

JU pitcher Dale Townsend took the loss despite her great effort on the mound. JU’s biggest chance came in the fifth. After a lead off strike out, their next two batters got on base. A wild pitch helped them advance to second and third with still only one out. The offense couldn’t pull through in the inning, leaving both runners stranded. JU went on to lose the game 3-1.

The Dolphins (4-7) will now head to Orlando on Friday, Feb. 24 to participate in the two day University of Central Florida Tournament.