George Wahl II

The Jacksonville University Women’s Softball team avenged their loss in Orlando to the Eastern Michigan Eagles with a sweep of a double header at the Jacksonville University Softball Complex.

The Dolphins won game 1 by a score of 2-0 and game 2 8-0. They got 2 great shutout pitching performances by Sarah Sigrest and Brittany Eppley. Sigrest went 7 innings giving up 7 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, and 7 strikeouts in game 1.

“Sarah did very well for us and kept us in the game until our bats woke up,” said Head Coach Ali Higgs.

Game 1 was scoreless until the bottom of the 5th. FR. Shortstop Ashley Simon got it going with a 1 out triple. Senior Melissa Morales then singled to score Simon giving JU a 1-0 lead.

“Mel was clutch tonight,” said Higgs. “She came through when we needed that timely hit and that is what you expect out of a senior.”

JU went on to add one more run to pad their lead which they would not relinquish.

In game 2, Eppley wasted no time picking up where Sigrest left off. She went 6 innings giving up no runs on 2 hits with no walks and 8 strikeouts.

“Eppley had her best outing of the year by far and was awesome for us tonight,” said Higgs.

The bats were quiet early just like in game 1 for JU. Right fielder Meagan Balding led off the 5th by reaching on an error. Ashley Simon later walked giving the Dolphins 2 on and 2 out. Morales again singled giving JU their first run of the game. Kayla Ouellette then reached on an error plating another run. She then stole second and on the throw, Morales was able to take home for a 3-0 lead.

JU ended the game in the bottom of the 6th with 5 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks. At the end of the night, JU had reached .500 (8-8) and were headed back to Orlando for another UCF tournament.

Winners in 4 of their last 5, JU fell 2-1 to host UCF in the first game of their 4 game weekend event. They came out Saturday and defeated University of Penn 9-0 then went to defeat University of Illinois-Chicago 8-0. They wrapped up the weekend against Penn with a 5-0 victory.

The team will return home for a double header on Wednesday against Delaware St. University. Game 1 will start at 5 and game 2 is set for 7.