Delaware State softball bats were quieted by dominant pitching in Jacksonville, where the Hornets dropped their fifth and sixth consecutive games Wednesday.
The Hornets dropped both games in double-header action against the Jacksonville University Dolphins managing just three runs combined. Jacksonville came away with a 7-3 victory in game one, then followed up with a short five-inning 9-0 victory in game two.
In game one, both offenses were kept fairly quiet in the early goings where the game remained scoreless through the first three innings. The Dolphins broke through in the fourth tagging Hornet starting pitcher Tara Tursellino for two runs, courtesy of freshman Carolyn O’Neal’s RBI single and a Makenzie Buss sacrifice fly.
An RBI single in the fifth inning by Jacksonville’s Kristen Griffith extended the game to a three run advantage for the Dolphins. But two big errors by the Dolphins in the sixth inning allowed a three-run rally for the Hornets.
Mika Lumsden drove in two Hornets, then advanced to third off one of the two errors by Jacksonville. Jordan Casey added a second RBI to her stat sheet this season with a sacrifice fly to plate Lumsden and tie the game at three all.
The big difference maker came in the high drama of the bottom part of the sixth inning.
Jacksonville managed a hit parade with the first four batters finding their way on base to kick off the inning. Six different Dolphins grabbed an RBI in the contest, including two from Buss, one of which was the go-ahead run that eventually was the difference.
Dolphins pitcher Taylor Thorpe threw her first complete game of the season and moved on to a 6-2 record this season. Thorpe allowed six hits against the Hornets and three runs, none of which were earned.
Tara Tursellino also went the distance for the Hornets, allowing 10 hits, seven walks and seven earned runs.
In game two Jacksonville continued their dominance in the circle and got ahead early.
Jacksonville jumped ahead early with an RBI single by O’neal at the bottom of the first. Freshman Jordan Daniels went yard off Hornet starter Jessica Shalongo for a three-run blast over the left center wall to open up a 4-0 advantage.
Things quieted down in the second and third innings where both teams were held scoreless.
Dolphins second baseman Heather Roberts changed that in the fourth.
Roberts took advantage of a double steal and drove a ball into left field, bringing home two Dolphins to increase the lead to six.
Jacksonville brought home three more in the inning via an error and a two-run double by Kristen Griffith.
The Hornets managed just two hits in game two before going down in five innings per the eight run rule.
Shalongo was chased after just one inning of work allowing four runs on three hits, two walks and facing just eight batters. Hannah Miller came in for relief but also had trouble giving up eight hits and five earned in her outing.
Dolphin Freshman pitcher Seana Mora was dominant in her first start of her collegiate career. Mora had a complete-game shutout, gave up just two hits and no walks in 17 batters faced.
With the two losses Delaware State drops to 1-10 on the season. The Hornets will being staying in the sunshine state this week where they will next head to the UCF Wilson/Demarini Tournament with five games schedule Friday through Sunday.
Head Coach Amber Jackson’s squad will face off against Mercer on Friday.