Jacksonville, Fla. (Mar. 8, 2017) --- The Delaware State softball team came up a empty in a doubleheader at Jacksonville on Wednesday, falling 7-3 in the opener and 9-0 in the nightcap.
In the opener, the Hornets overcame a three-run deficit to tie the game in the sixth, but the Dolphins scored four times in the bottom of the inning to regain control.
Jacksonville starter Taylor Thorpe threw a complete game and second baseman Makenzie Buss drove in two runs.
The game was scoreless for the first three innings before the Dolphins scored two runs in the fourth off DSU starter Tara Tursellino. Carolyn O’Neal singled in the first run of the inning and the second run crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Buss.
Jacksonville tacked on a run in the fifth inning to take a 3-0 lead.
Delaware State answered with three runs in the top of the sixth inning to tie the score. Desiree Moreno singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on an error. After a one-out walk to Khaliyah Flournoy put runners on second and first, Mika Lumsden followed with a single to right to score Moreno and Flournoy with the Hornets’ first runs of the game. Lumsden advanced to third on a Jacksonville error and crossed the plate on a sac fly by Jordan Casey to tie the game at 3-3.
Jacksonville’s first four batters in the sixth hit their way on base en route to the four-run rally. Buss singled in her second run of the game in the inning.
In the nightcap, Jacksonville starter Seana Mora threw five shutout innings, allowing just two singles.
The Dolphins opened the scoring with four runs in the bottom of the first inning off DSU starter Jess Shalongo. The big blow in the inning was a three-run homer by Jacksonville third baseman Jordan Daniels.
The Dolphins added five runs in the fourth. Kristen Griffith had a two-run double and Heather Roberts singled in two runs in the inning.
The game was halted after Delaware State batted in the fifth due to the eight-run rule.
The Hornets (1-10) will remain in Florida to compete in the three-day Central Florida Wilson/DeMarini Tournament this weekend. DSU will open the tournament against Mercer on Fri. (Mar. 10) at 2:30 p.m.