JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville softball (2-2) concluded the final day of the River City Leadoff tournament with a high-scoring affair against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-2) Sunday afternoon. The game saw a combined five home runs and a near Jacksonville comeback, but the 'Phins eventually fell by a score of 13-8.
The Yellow Jackets' bats were lively early as they hit two homers in the first inning and added two more runs in the second to go up 6-0. Jacksonville fired back in the bottom of the second, collecting five hits and matching Georgia Tech's six runs before the inning was over.
Georgia Tech continued to do damage in the third by adding three more runs to their total. Hannah Roberts and Kassidy Cross sent two over the fence in back-to-back innings to chip away at the lead, and only one run separated the two teams heading into the fifth inning.
The Dolphins held the Yellow Jackets scoreless in the sixth, but a pair of runs in the fifth and seventh put the deficit at five. Meanwhile, Jacksonville would get just one runner on base in the final three innings.
Brooke Barfield received the win for Georgia Tech, allowing two hits and one earned run. Seana Mora received the loss after going five innings for JU. Roberts went 2-for-3, scored twice, and collected one RBI. Cross and Victoria Rodebaugh had two RBIs each.
Next, the Dolphins are set to host a second tournament next weekend with College of Charleston, Northern Iowa, Colgate, and SDSU all in attendance. JU's first game will be against Northern Iowa at 7 PM on Friday, Feb. 15.