JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Since losing the first two games to open the 2012 campaign, the Delaware State University softball team has won three straight and won the North Florida Osprey Invitational by defeating Mount St. Mary's, 5-1, and host UNF, 2-1, in eight innings Sunday at the UNF Softball Complex.
The Hornets (3-2) had numerous players step-up in the two games and were led by senior Jordan Reid (Accokeek, Md.), who went 4-for-7 with one run scored, one RBI and one triple.
In DSU's first game of the day, senior Casey Beighley (Los Angeles, Calif.) went 2-for-2 from the plate with a triple, three RBI and one run scored against Mount St. Mary's (3-10). Additionally, Beighley started the game on the mound for the Hornets and pitched 5.1 solid innings, giving up just three hits, two walks and striking out four while allowing no runs to earn her first win of the season.
With a 1-1 count, Mount pitcher Danni Cummings hit Reid with a pitch to lead off the game. Reid advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from senior Tawny Reeger (Simi Valley, Calif.) and then scored with a single to right center from Beighley to put DSU up, 1-0.
The Hornets broke the game open in the top of the third, putting up three runs with singles from Reeger and sophomores Stephanie Martello (Oxnard, Calif.) and Ashlyn Campbell (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) in addition to a triple from Beighley.
Del State scored one run on two hits and two Mount errors in the top of the seventh to go up, 5-0.
Mount St. Mary's wouldn't go down without a fight however, as they scored one run in the bottom of the inning off of three hits of their own and a Hornet error. With runners on second and third and two outs, sophomore Stephanie Sarris (Rohnert Park, Calif.) got out of a jam as sophomore Cat Clifford grounded out to third to end the game.
Cummings took the loss for the Mount as she moves to 0-3 on the year. She gave up 10 hits with five runs (all earned) with one strikeout and two hit batters in 7.0 innings of work.
In the final game of the tournament, Sarris pitched a gem against the host Ospreys, going 8.0 innings. She gave up one run (earned) and five hits with one walk and one strikeout to earn her second win of the season.
The Hornets looked a little shaky to start the game before eventually calming down.
Jackie Reese led off the bottom of the first with a double down the left field line. Kaley Brosky then put down a sacrifice bunt but reached on an error Martello, the first baseman. Reese scored the Ospreys' lone run of the game on the error.
DSU got on board in the top of the fifth as Campbell led off the inning with a single to third. Junior Kelsey Lewis (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.), in to pinch-run for Campbell, advanced to second on a sac bunt from senior Rachel Carroll (Oxnard, Calif.) before moving to third on an Ashley Brown wild pitch. With two outs, Reid tripled to right field to score Lewis and tie the game at 1-1.
Still tied going into the seventh inning, neither team was able to get things going and get on the board as the game went into extra innings.
With freshman Rebekah Beeson (Bear, Del.) on second as the pinch runner, Reid grounded out to second to move Beeson to third. Reeger then put down a sacrifice bunt, but reached on a fielder's choice as Beeson scored the go-ahead run at 2-1.
UNF had two runners on base in the bottom of the inning but were never able to capitalize as the Hornets took the 2-1 victory.
Brown took the loss for the Ospreys as she moves to 3-2 on the season and UNF falls to 10-6.
Delaware State continues their trip in the Sunshine State as they travel to Bethune-Cookman for a non-conference single game at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Live statistics will be available via www.b-cuathletics.com. Fans can also follow the action via the DSU Softball Twitter page at www.twitter.com/DelStSB.