SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2013
Dolphins Fall in Series Finale

KENNESAW, Ga.—The JU softball team was defeated 4-3 by Kennesaw State on Sunday afternoon in the finale of their three-game series.

The Dolphins (30-18, 11-11 A-Sun) fell into an early hole and despite a late-innings rally, fell just short in their comeback attempt. 

The Owls (30-17, 14-10 A-Sun) struck first, scoring the game’s first four runs including two in the bottom of the second inning.

Freshman Cecile Gomez (8-2) allowed a walk and then gave up a home run as Kennesaw took the early 2-0 lead.

The Owls added another run to their lead in the third.

A throwing error allowed the Kennesaw leadoff batter to advance to second base. After a fly out, a single through the right side of the infield scored the runner from second and put the Owls up 3-0.

In the bottom of the fourth, Gomez allowed her second home run of the day, this time a solo shot to left field making the score 4-0 in Kennesaw’s favor.

With neither team scoring in the fifth, the Dolphins would finally get their bats going in the top of the sixth inning.

After a leadoff walk by Sarah Simon and a single by Karson Tuck, the Dolphins had runners on first and second with no outs.  A fly out brought Meagan Balding to the plate.  She was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Morgan Kibler.  She managed to draw a walk to bring Simon in from third and put the Dolphins on the board.  After a pitching change, Emily Sanchez delivered with a pinch hit single to right field to score the Dolphins’ second run of the game.  With the bases still loaded and only one out, Jacksonville could not take advantage as a fielder’s choice and a strikeout got the Owls out of the jam.

Jacksonville held the Owls scoreless in the bottom half of the inning to go to the seventh looking for at least two runs to extend the game. 

With one out in the top of the seventh, Simon once again walked to give JU a base runner.  Adrienne Ramsay would pinch run for Simon and alertly advanced to second on a wild pitch.  After an infield groundout, Ramsay would score from second on an Ashley Simon double to center.  The Dolphin rally would be cut short however as a pop up would end the game.

The Dolphins current eight-game losing streak has seen them fall from second place to seventh in the standings.  They host Stetson for a huge midweek game as the Hatters currently hold the sixth and final spot for the conference tournament.  With a win, the Dolphins would leapfrog the Hatters into the sixth and final spot in the standings.  The game is scheduled for April 24 at 5 p.m.