Jacksonville, Fla. – Jacksonville University Softball split a doubleheader with Bethune-Cookman Wednesday at the Debbie & Fred Pruitt Softball Complex. The Dolphins (21-16) took game one 5-4 with some late-inning fireworks, but fell 2-1 to the Wildcats (19-22) in game two.
Seana Mora was JU's pitcher of record in both games, snatching a game-one win after allowing the go-ahead run in the eighth, then pitching a gem in game two only to take a loss in that low-scoring contest.
"She pitched well enough to win in game two," JU head coach Erica Ayers said. "We need to give her more run support. We had plenty of opportunities and didn't execute. We were actually fortunate to come away with the split with how poorly we played all night."
Jacksonville starter Alyssa Bilodeau went seven deep and held the Wildcats to just two earned runs, but it was Mora (5-6) who took the win thanks to a big break in the bottom of the seventh and some heroics in the bottom of the eighth.
Mora entered the circle with the game tied but allowed one run on two hits in the eighth. Trailing 4-3 in the bottom half, JU's Danielle Baker put the tying run in scoring position with a leadoff double. Baker moved to third as Heather Roberts reached on an error. Then Roberts stole second, just before Madison Ragan walked it off with a two-RBI single to right field.
JU had taken a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning by virtue of a two-run home run off the bat of Roberts. Bethune-Cookman tied the game with two runs of their own in the following frame, then took the lead with a pair of doubles in the sixth.
For the Wildcats, Destiny Enriquez (4-7) was charged with the loss after surrendering the hit that scored two runners belonging to Mariah Estrada.
Mora found herself on the losing end of a pitchers' duel in game two.
The JU starter scattered six hits in seven innings, holding Bethune-Cookman to just two runs, but Victoria Guzman was the victor with just one run allowed on seven hits in as many innings.
"We just didn't execute offensively," Ayers said. "We didn't get bunts down, couldn't get timely hits, made base running mistakes. We actually played worse in the game we won, though."
Ryan Jackson homered to left field on the second pitch of the game, which gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead until the fourth.
After the game's leadoff homer, Mora didn't allow another runner past first base until a fielder's choice for out number two in the sixth. The timing was unfavorable, as Iesha Waters drove in the go-ahead run with the game's first double.
Next up for the Dolphins is a three game set at Lipscomb, including a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. at Draper Diamond in Nashville, Tennessee.