Dolphins Fall to Stetson

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—The JU softball team had its nine-game winning streak snapped Wednesday when it dropped a pair of games to the visiting Stetson Hatters.  The Dolphins fell 5-1 in game one of the doubleheader followed by a 3-1 extra innings lost in game two.

The Dolphins (30-12, 11-5 A-Sun) managed just seven hits combined in the two games and gave up runs late in both games to doomed them in.

Freshman pitcher Taylor Rossman (5-5) started in the circle for JU in game one and went 5.1 innings allowing six hits and four earned runs. 

JU scored its lone run of the game in the bottom of the first inning.

After a groundout, Codi Kelly singled up the middle and then advanced to second on a wild pitch.  After a deep fly out that allowed Kelly to advance to third, Ashley Simon singled to bring her home and put JU up 1-0.

The Hatters (22-16, 5-9 A-Sun) would counter in the top of the third with two runs of their own to take the lead. 

Stetson would go on to add runs in the sixth off of a 2 RBI double and an RBI single in the seventh.

JU managed just two hits after they fell behind and never posed much of a threat at the plate.

Game two would feature more of the same from the Dolphins.

Freshman Victoria Brown (9-5) made the start for the Dolphins and held the Stetson batters in check for the majority of the game. 

Neither team could breakthrough and score until the fifth inning.

Stetson led off the top half of the fifth with a solo home run to left field to take a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth with two outs, Sarah Simon hit a low, laser-like fly ball to straightaway center field for her team leading 14th home run to knot the game at 1-1.

As both teams were held scoreless in the seventh, the game headed to extra innings.

A single and two walks gave Stetson runners on first, second, and third with no one out.  Dolphin head coach Ali Higgs called for a meeting on the mound and decided to leave Brown in.  The decision seemed to pay off as Brown promptly got a strikeout and pop out and looked as if she was going to escape the jam.  That would not be the case however as Brown then threw a wild pitch that allowed the go-ahead run to score.  With the empty base at first, the Dolphins were attempting an intentional walk when Brown sailed the pitch over Simon’s catcher’s mitt allowing another run to score.

JU would not go down without a fight, making things interesting in the bottom half of the inning.  After two quick outs, JU managed a walk and a single to bring up Sarah Simon.  With already one home run on the night, another in this spot would end the game and give JU the come from behind win.  This would not be case though as Simon grounded out the pitcher for the final out of the game.

The two teams will finish the three-game series after a two week break on April 24 in Jacksonville.

The Dolphins will look to bounce back this weekend when they travel to Fort Myers, Fla. to take on the reigning Atlantic Sun champion Florida Gulf Coast Eagles.  The three-game series is scheduled to begin with a doubleheader on April 13 at 2 p.m.