JACKSONVILLE Fla. – Jacksonville University softball split on the second day of the River City Leadoff and fell to University of Connecticut 7-0 in the first game. The Dolphins bounced back with a 10-2 win over Army in five innings to close out the day.
"We're very proud of the way the girls responded," stated head coach Erica Ayers. "It's not about what happened, good or bad, it's about what we do next. We responded really well to the first game and we're very pleased with that. Alyssa pitched a heck of a ball game. You have to 'tip your cap' to UConn's pitcher; she had a great game and did an awesome job. She kept us off balance all game. That's the way it goes sometimes, but we are very proud of the way that the girls responded and we're looking forward to tomorrow."
UConn plated in a run in each of the second, third and fourth innings to take an early 3-0 lead. Jacksonville was unable to find an answer and the Huskies broke the game open with four runs in the top of the seventh. The Dolphins were retired in order in the bottom of the frame and UConn walked away with a 7-0 victory.
The Dolphins had a complete turnaround from the first game of the day. Despite Army opening the game with a run in the top of the first, the Dolphins answered back with four runs in the first and another four in the second to lead 8-1 after two innings.
The Black Knights added another run in the top of the fourth but JU ended the game early with a pair of runs as Mora took home on a double steal, then Baker drove in McCourt.
The Dolphins' bats came alive with 11 hits as Jacksonville bounced back from the day's opener with a 10-2 victory.
The Dolphins return to action tomorrow, Feb. 11 as they close up the River City Leadoff against Jacksonville State at 12:30 pm.