JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville softball began their 2019 campaign with a home contest against the UMass Lowell River Hawks Saturday night, as part of the River City Leadoff tournament. Despite a four strikeout effort by junior pitcher Alyssa Bilodeau and a late Jacksonville run in the seventh inning, the Dolphins fell by a score of 6-1.
Senior Jacqueline Hodskins and freshman Victoria Rodebaugh combined for a pair of hits in the early stages of the game, but things remained scoreless through three innings. It wasn't until the top of the fourth that the River Hawks scored a run, then added another in the fifth.
Down 2-0, Bilodeau managed to hold the River Hawks at bay during the sixth, but a big seventh inning yielded four more runs for UMass Lowell.
The 'Phins seemed to find life in the final half inning with a walk by Hodskins and a single by freshman Nydia Perez. Then, a double to left center by Carolyn O'Neal sent Hodskins home for the first run of the season for JU.
Unable to capitalize on O'Neal's one-out extra-base hit, the Dolphins took a 6-1 decision in the season opener. UMass Lowell's Lovina Capria was credited with the win, allowing five hits and one run.
Jacksonville returns to action tomorrow on the second of three days that make up the River City Leadoff tournament. Jacksonville will face Providence at 3:30 PM, and then will have a chance at redemption against UMass Lowell at 6 PM.