One day after scoring a tournament-record 14 runs, the Stetson softball team managed just one run Thursday and was eliminated from the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament after falling 5-1 to USC Upstate and 1-0 to UNF.
The Hatters finished the 2013 season with a record 31-22.
In the nightcap, Stetson starter Meredith Owen (22-10) held UNF to just two hits over six innings, but a solo home run by Marissa Thomas in the bottom of the fifth proved to be the difference in the game.
The Hatters registered five hits against UNF starter Kaylie Wallace, the A-Sun Pitcher of the Year, but left seven runners on base, including five in scoring position.
"We had some missed opportunities and we had some unfortunate situations," Stetson head coach Frank Griffin said. "Twice when we had runners at first, we had base hits near second where the runners were thrown out. We hit the ball well, right at them sometimes, but you have to give their pitcher credit. She did a heck of a job. Meredith pitched a great game as well. That one stroke made the difference."
Freshman Kayla Drury went 2-for-3 at the plate and batted .556 (5-for-9) for the tournament.
Griffin said the Hatters gained a lot valuable experience this season.
"We had five freshmen and two sophomores starting and I think they got better as the year went on," Griffin said. "I think they will continue to improve next year and the year after."
Seniors Jordan Cleghorn and Chelsea Whalley completed their four-year careers with the Hatters. Cleghorn played in 196 games, and Whalley, who had her senior season cut short due to injury, 157.
"I know they are going to be successful at whatever they do," Griffin said.
Notes: Meredith Owen was named to the A-Sun Championship all-tournament team.