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Freshman Brittany Hawn makes a diving catch in game one on Wednesday.
by: David S. Williams
Softball Splits With UNF on Wednesday
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  04/17/2013
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Meredith Owen picked up her fourth straight win in the circle and Jordan Cleghorn hit her second home run of the season as Stetson won game two of an Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader 6-2 over visiting UNF Wednesday evening at Patricia Wilson Field.

The Hatters (25-18, 8-11 A-Sun) earned a split on the day after the Ospreys (34-12, 12-5 A-Sun) took game one 8-0.

Cleghorn finished the day with three hits, while Jessica Griffin went 2-for-3 with two RBI in game two.

"I think we were a lot more passive in the first game, we were watching too many strikes go by," (Jessica) Griffin said. "We went up there hacking in the second game and it resulted in a lot more hits."

Griffin delivered the key hit early in game two, driving in Cleghorn and Brittany Hawn with a two-out, two-run double through the left side of the infield in the bottom of the third inning.

"I had been seeing the outside pitch and I kept letting it go," Griffin said. "I finally decided I had to swing the bat and it resulted in two RBIs."

The Hatters added two more unearned runs to take a 4-0 lead after three innings of play.

UNF got one of the runs back in the top of the fourth inning on Mariah Reynolds' second home run of the day.

With the lead cut to 4-1, Cleghorn provided some insurance with a two-run shot to left in the bottom of the sixth.

Owen made the lead hold up, striking out Reynolds with two runners on base to end the ball game.

"Her composure on the hill is just ridiculous," Griffin said about her battery mate. "She always knows she can get the next out."

Owen threw an incredible 93 strikes over 125 pitches and struck out 10 without walking a batter. She allowed just one earned run on seven hits to improve her record to 16-7 on the season.

Kaylie Wallace tossed a two-hit shutout in game one to lead UNF. Reynolds and Ashley Holton each homered for the Ospreys. Taylor Cochran threw 2.1 hitless innings of relief for Stetson.

With the rest of the conference idle on Wednesday, the Hatters missed an opportunity to gain ground in the A-Sun standings. Stetson still trails Mercer by one game and Kennesaw State by two games in the race for the sixth and final A-Sun tournament spot.

The Hatters will host ETSU for a three-game series beginning Saturday at 1 p.m. Seniors Chelsea Whalley and Jordan Cleghorn will be honored before the doubleheader.

Notes: Stetson has hit 35 home runs this season, just five shy of the school record (40, 2004) ... Meredith Owen has struck out 29 batters in her last four starts, including two games with double digit strikeouts ... Stetson is 18-2 when scoring five runs or more.

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