Sophomore Ashley Simon and junior Karson Tuck each had key RBI hits in the seventh to spark the Dolphins’ (8-3) comeback. Freshman Victoria Brown (1-0) held the Lady Rattlers’ (1-10) scoreless in the final four innings earn the win in the circle.
“We are happy to come away with the win,” JU head coach Ali Higgs said. “We didn’t have our best night, but got the hits we needed in the end for the win. Our goal now is to get ready for the tough weekend ahead of us.”
Trailing 4-3 with one out to start the seventh inning, freshman Emily Sanchez singled to right field on Florida A&M starter and eventual losing pitcher Jennifer Lindsey. Sophomore Adrienne Ramsay pinch ran Sanchez, while senior Sarah Simon drew a walk in the next at-bat. Ashley Simon followed with a single to right field to tie the game and move Simon to third. Tuck laced a single back up the middle, scoring both Simons, for the 6-4 JU lead. Junior Codi Kelly pushed Tuck to third with a single and later stole second before the Lady Rattlers got a strikeout and obstruction call to end the frame.
Florida A&M had a one-one walk in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Brown recorded a strike out and fly out to end the game.
Brown struck out seven batters and scattered four hits in 4.1 relief innings for the Dolphins. Ashley Simon finished her night 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. Sanchez went 2-for-4 at the plate.
Lindsey (0-5) allowed all six runs on 12 hits and four strikeouts in 6.1 innings in the loss.
Simon put the Dolphins up early with a three-run homer to left field in the top of the first inning.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Lady Rattlers took advantage of some early struggles by freshman Taylor Rossman to score a run on two-out, bases loaded walk.
Florida A&M opened the third inning with Alyssa Weaver getting hit by a pitch and Venica Brown reaching on a bunt single. The Dolphins got two quick outs, but Kiefi Myrick kept inning alive with a single to load the bases. Rossman hit the next batter with a pitch which scored a run and cut the JU deficit to 3-2. Brown relieved Rossman and allowed a single to Torres that hit just the right field foul line to score two runs for a 4-3 advantage. Brown struck out the next batter to end the frame.
Lindsey left JU runners stranded in scoring position from the fourth through sixth innings before allowing the three-run seventh.
The Dolphins will start their final home tourney Friday against South Alabama and Seton Hall beginning at 4:15 p.m. Fans can follow the action through live stats at JUDolphins.com.