LakePoint, Ga. - ASUN Conference Softball action continued Saturday with North Florida, Lipscomb and Jacksonville sweeping doubleheaders, while FGCU and Kennesaw State earned splits as league teams combined to go 8-2.
After winning two game yesterday, the Ospreys continued their run to win two more on Saturday in Clearwater, Fla. North Florida opened the day with a 6-5 win against Rutgers, highlighted by a five-run third inning that swung the momentum in the Ospreys' favor. Dominica Cocuzza hit a three-run bomb to give UNF the lead they would never relinquish. Morgan Blourne came on in relief to earn the save with three shutout innings. In game two, North Florida trailed for late, but found a comeback to win 7-6 against Monmouth. North Florida took a 3-0 lead into the fifth inning, only for Monmouth to take a 6-3 lead. In the sixth inning, the Ospreys loaded the bases and scored three runs to retake the lead on an Estes single and Aisha Kerr double. Logan Green closed out the contest to earn her sixth win of the year.
Pitching was on point for Lipscomb in their doubleheader against in-state rival Austin Peay on Saturday. Mandy Jordan pitched a gem in the opener, striking out a season-high 14 batters as the Bisons won 3-1. She only gave up three hits, and Caitlin Plocheck provided the offense for the Bisons as she stole home in the first, then hit a homerun in the sixth in the victory. Game two was all Lipscomb as they scored in every inning of an 8-0 run-rule victory. Sarah Higgins got the offense started with a two-run homer in the first, then Destinee Brewer added two RBIs later in the victory. McCarley Thomas only allowed three hits pitching the five-inning shutout.
Jacksonville emerged victorious with two wins on Saturday as they hosted Columbia and George Mason. In the opener against Columbia, the Dolphins took a 7-3 lead into the seventh inning, only for the Lions to force extra innings with four runs in the seventh. Jacqueline Hodskins was placed on second and scored after Jordan Daniels drove a SAC fly to right field. Danielle Baker and Heather Roberts had two RBIs each. In the second game, the Dolphins scored two runs in the first and then tacked on more runs to defeat George Mason 8-1. Daniels picked up where she left off the first game with a two-RBI single in the first. She later added an RBI double to push the lead to 3-0. That's all the run support Madison Ragan needed as she pitched the complete game for her third win of the season.
Kennesaw State bounced back from an early day defeat to take down Jacksonville State in the second game of the doubleheader. Courtney Sutter and Jessie Mullen both hit homeruns to highlight a four-run second inning that proved to be enough offense in the 4-3 game two victory against the Gamecocks. Alley Cutting struck out nine batters and was able to shut down the comeback attempt by Jacksonville State late in the game.
FGCU earned a split of two contests on Saturday as well as the Eagles defeated Canisius 8-0 in six innings before falling to Iowa State later in the day. The Eagles jumped all over Canisius in the first inning as they scored four runs. Bree Tourtillot, Brittany McGuire and LuLu Newmark all brought home runs in consecutive at bats for the Eagles. Morgan Sutherland delivered the final run of the inning to give Riley Randolph a comfortable cushion. Randolph struck out eight batters, while only giving up four hits to pick up her ninth win of the season. Racquel Fournet walked off the Eagles in the sixth inning with a two-RBI double down the left field line.
ASUN Conference Softball Results - Saturday, Mar. 18th
- North Florida 6, Rutgers 5
- FGCU 8, Canisius 0 - 6 innings
- Lipscomb 3, Austin Peay 1
- Jacksonville 8, Columbia 7 - 8 innings
- Kennesaw State 4, Jacksonville State 3
- Lipscomb 8, Austin Peay 0 - 5 innings
- Jacksonville 8, George Mason 1
- Jacksonville State 15, Kennesaw State 5 - 6 innings
- Iowa State 5, FGCU 2
ASUN Softball Standings