JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After rain and inclement forced the doubleheader between Belmont and North Florida to be played Sunday afternoon instead of yesterday as scheduled, the Bruins lost a close game one to the Ospreys before falling 0-8 in game two.
In game one, Belmont used a three-run fifth inning to take a 4-3 lead over North Florida, only to see the Ospreys tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning and retake the lead and earn the win in the bottom of the seventh. The Bruins were paced by senior Ashley Byers, who had two hits and one RBI in three at bats, while senior Hannah Irwin had one hit and one run and freshman Heather Turner had one hit and one RBI. North Florida had twice as many hits as the Bruins, five to 10, while both teams had two errors.
The second game, which ultimately ended 0-8, was close until the bottom of the sixth inning. North Florida led 0-1 through four innings, but Belmont surrendered seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to reach the final margin. The Bruins managed only three hits, one each from sophomore Kim Johnson, freshman Kat Hollingsworth, and senior Stayci Cook, while Belmont gave up a total of 11 hits to the Ospreys in game two.
The two losses to North Florida concluded the opening weekend of conference play. On the weekend, the Bruins split with Jacksonville before dropping both games to North Florida. Belmont is back in action next weekend when they host Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast to open the home portion of the conference slate. The Bruins will host Stetson on Friday, April 6th, at 12 p.m. at E.S. Rose Park. Belmont will then play FGCU on Saturday afternoon, with the first game of the doubleheader at 4 p.m. Both games will be available on ASun.TV, marking the first time the Bruins will be able to broadcast a softball game online. For more information on the ASun.TV schedule, Belmont softball schedule, season statistics and other information, please check www.belmontbruins.com.