Dolphins Fall to Stetson

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—The JU softball team fell  to the Stetson Hatters 3-1 Wednesday at the JU Softball Complex. 

The Dolphin (30-19, 11-12 A-Sun) bats were held in check much of the night and untimely defensive miscues gave the Hatters (29-18, 12-11 A-Sun) the late season conference win. 

Freshman pitcher Cecile Gomez made the start for the Dolphins, but struggled with her command in the early part of the game.

After allowing two walks in the first inning, Gomez gave up a walk and two singles in the top half of the second to load the bases with two outs.  In the midst of the bases loaded jam, Victoria Brown (9-8) was brought on to try and get the Dolphins out unscathed.  She did just that getting the first batter she faced to pop up to third base.

As the Dolphins were not producing at the plate, the Hatters took advantage of a JU error to score the game’s first run.

With one out and a runner on first, the Dolphins attempted to get the lead runner out at second on a groundout, but an errant throw that reached the outfield fence allowed the runner to score and put Stetson up 1-0.

The fourth inning proved to be more of the same as Stetson was able to add two more runs to their lead.

A sharply hit ball just off the edge of diving second baseman Codi Kelly’s glove and a walk gave the Hatters runners on first and second with no outs.  A slow rolling bunt combined with a speedy batter gave Stetson the bases loaded with no outs.  The next batter hit a ground ball to shortstop Karson Tuck who fielded it and fired home, but her throw was wide of catcher Sarah Simon allowing the runner from third to score.  The next batter grounded out to Tuck, but was able to drive in the runner from third to put the Hatters up 3-0.  The Dolphins were able to prevent the deficit from getting any worse as Kelly fielded the next batter’s ground ball hit to her and throw home to the blocking Simon to get the runner out at home.  The damage was done however as JU found itself in the 3-0 hole.

While Brown was able to hold the Hatters in check for the rest of the game, the Dolphins could not seem to get any hits or base runners.

JU finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth and got on the board.

After a groundout, Jacey Warner singled to center field for the Dolphin’s second hit of the day.  Brown then reached on a fielder’s choice that saw Warner out at second.  The Dolphins got runners on first and second when Kelly was hit by a pitch.  This brought up Simon whose weakly hit ball found just enough space between the third baseman and shortstop to allow Brown to score from second and leave JU trailing 3-1.  The Dolphin threat would end however as a groundout got the Hatters out of the inning with the lead.

JU could not produce any offensive action in the seventh as Stetson picked up the win. 

The Dolphins sit in seventh place in the standings, trailing Stetson by a game for the sixth and final spot in the A-Sun Tournament.  JU will look to move up the rankings as it plays its final series of the regular season this weekend.  The Dolphins host cross-town rivals UNF for a three-game series starting Saturday with a doubleheader.  Game one is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.