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Eastern Florida Softball Splits Conference-Opening Doubleheader
March 15, 2014 - Eastern Florida's softball team began its Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference schedule with a doubleheader split on Saturday, beating visiting Palm Beach State College 2-0 in the first game but losing the second game 7-5.
The split moved EFSC to 14-17 overall and 1-1 in conference. Palm Beach is 13-21 overall and 1-1 in conference.
First-game winning pitcher freshman Dajia Jones allowed just two hits, one in the first inning and another in the seventh. She loaded the bases in the first but escaped, allowed two runners to reach in the third and two runners reach in the seventh but in the meantime retired 12 consecutive batters.
Eastern Florida scored its two runs in the fourth on singles by Brooke Formby, Jones and Bri Seaman who drove in the first. Hannah Denny got the second run batted in on a bases loaded walk.
Eastern Florida managed just four hits with Formby getting two.
Neither team committed an error in the crisply played first game.
The second game was a different story with the teams combining for 19 hits, 10 for Palm Beach and nine for Eastern Florida. Eastern Florida committed two errors including a throwing miscue in the sixth that resulted in two runs.
Palm Beach had one error in the second game and was kept in both games by its outstanding freshman shortstop Soclaina Van Gurp.
The second game swung back and forth with Eastern Florida leading 1-0, Palm Beach leading 3-1 and Eastern Florida grabbing a 5-3 lead in the fourth inning.
Palm Beach tied things at 5-5 in the fifth and put the game away with the two runs in the sixth for the final margin.
Formby, sophomore Devin Williams and Jones each had two hits in the second game with Williams scoring twice.
"We didn't play the game," Eastern Florida assistant coach Bob Yanczewski said of the second game. "We went into the box with one thing in mind 'I've got to hit it.' We've been trying to instill in them we've got to play a game.'
"We have to be consistent and play the game. If you're the lead off hitter get on. If you've got to push somebody across, then hit. But you've got to think of the game before you get in the box. And they're not thinking of the game in the second game.
"The first game we got a couple breaks and we came out on top. Second game that break we got in the first game we didn't get in the second game. We didn't get the big hit in the second game.
"I thought we wasted good pitching in the second game. I thought they pitched well all day."
Jones started the second game and yielded four hits and three runs before being relieved in the fourth by Formby who took the loss.
Next up for Eastern Florida is a conference match up against Broward College in Palm Bay at 4 and 6 p.m. Thursday. Admission to home games is free.