Despite a pair of home runs by junior Demi Meza, Stetson dropped an Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader to visiting Jacksonville, falling 3-1 and 6-4 Saturday afternoon at Patricia Wilson Field.
The losses spoiled Senior Day for the Hatters (32-11, 15-7 A-Sun), who honored Sarah Read, Chrissy Morello, and Meredith Owen prior to the first game.
Jacksonville (20-28, 8-15 A-Sun) led 1-0 in game one when Meza hit her first home run of the day, a solo shot to straight away center field to knot the score at one.
The Dolphins broke the tie with two runs in the sixth inning, and starting pitcher Victoria Brown (10-10) made the lead hold up. She allowed just one run and five hits while striking out seven.
Owen (20-6) took the loss for Stetson, allowing two earned runs in seven innings. She and Kayla Drury each recorded two hits to lead the offense.
In game two, it was the Stetson's turn to take a 1-0 lead as the Hatters scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning. The Dolphins responded quickly, however, scoring one in the second and five in the third to break the game open.
The Hatters tried to mount rally, as Owen hit her team-leading 13th home run in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 6-2. Meza then hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning, her second on the day, to pull Stetson to within a pair.
The Hatters would pull no closer however, as Jessi Walker (4-5) pitched the final four innings for JU to earn the win.
Read (10-3) took the loss for Stetson, while Morello had two hits to lead the offense in game two. The Hatters left 10 runners on base.
The teams will play the series finale at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Notes: Stetson must win three of its final four games to earn a first-round bye in the A-Sun tournament ... The Hatters have now hit 41 home runs on the season, four shy of the school record ... Brittany Hawn had eight assists and extended her errorless streak to 23 games.