Softball defeats Delaware in JU Invitational, 8-2
Junior Jacey Warner
Junior Jacey Warner
Juniors Jacey Warner and Karson Tuck each drove in two runs to lead the Jacksonville University softball team past Delaware, 8-2, Saturday in the second day of the JU Invitational at home.

The Dolphins (10-4) scored two runs in each of the first two innings against the Blue Hens (6-2) to set up the win.

Warner, Tuck and freshman Victoria Brown each finished with a pair of hits for the Dolphins, while freshman Emily Sanchez finished 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead offense overall.

“I was very pleased with this win,” JU head coach Ali Higgs said. “We were able to score runs in many different ways which will help us in the long run. Hopefully, we can continue to improve like this before A-Sun play starts.”

Senior Dale Tillman (2-1) earned the win after allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits in 4.1 innings. Freshman Cecile Gomez pitched 2.1 scoreless relief frames to earn her first collegiate save.

Delaware starter Lindsey Curran (1-1) took the loss by surrendering four runs on six hits in 1.2 innings. Kiertsen Coffman allowed four unearned runs in 5.1 innings for Delaware.

The Dolphins took a 2-0 lead on the first inning on a two-out, two-run single from Tuck.

In the bottom of the second inning, sophomore Jackie DiPiazza reached on a hit by pitch to start the frame. After stealing second, DiPiazza advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from freshman Sable Lee. DiPiazza scored two batters later on a Warner double up the middle for the 3-0 lead. Warner moved to third on a wild pitch before scoring in the next at-bat on a single by Sanchez.

Tillman allowed consecutive one-out singles in the Delaware third inning. Lara Andrews hit line drive in the next at-bat to center field that Brown caught with a leaping grab and flipped it to second for a double play to quash the threat.

The Blue Hens scored two runs with two outs in the fifth inning. Gomez relieved Tillman with the bases loaded and got a pop out in foul territory to end the inning.

Brown and Warner each had RBI hits in the fifth inning to extend the lead to 6-2, while JU added two more runs in the sixth on two Delaware errors. Gomez closed the game out with two scoreless frames to secure the win.

In the nightcap, JU’s contest with Mount Saint Mary’s was suspended due to rain. The Dolphins led 3-2 with no outs in the bottom of the second inning before a storm ended the night. The game will be resumed Tuesday, Feb. 26 from the beginning at 6 p.m.

The reminder of the tournament is on a tentative schedule due the storms in the Jacksonville area. Click back to Sunday morning for updates.