Baseball falls to UNF, 2-0
Junior Chris Connelly had two hits, including a double, to pace JU on Saturday
Junior Chris Connelly had two hits, including a double, to pace JU on Saturday
Michael Young tossed a complete-game shutout to help UNF down the JU baseball team, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon in Atlantic Sun action at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

Young (2-3) fanned seven batters, while allowing just seven hits and three walks to give the Ospreys (9-11, 1-1) their first conference win of the season.

The Dolphins (11-8, 4-1) stranded a game-high seven runners, including four in scoring position, to lose a point in the SunTrust River City Rumble standings to UNF.

“We missed our opportunities,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We got good contact, but their pitcher was locked in today. Kyle (Kriech) pitched very well for his first start and we look for more of that this season as he takes the hill. Overall, we will look to try to bounce back tomorrow to take the series.”

Senior Kyle Kriech (0-1) was the tough luck loser for the Dolphins after allowing two runs on five hits and four strikeouts in 7.2 innings of work.

Offensively, UNF's Andrew Karemeris recorded two doubles and Michael Smith added a solo home run in the eighth to help insure the Osprey’s win. Junior Chris Connelly went 2-for-2 with a double to pace the Dolphins.

In the second inning, Karemeris opened the UNF half with a double down the left field line and moved to third in the next at-bat on a ground out. David Eldredge hit a grounder to senior first baseman Alex Martinez who threw it home, but Karemeris slid under the tag to give the Ospreys a 1-0 lead.

The Dolphins ran themselves out of a chance in the top of the second inning as Martinez was caught stealing after a leadoff walk , while Connelly and junior Esterlin Perozo were each picked off in the third and fourth innings, respectively.

In the sixth inning, Connelly hit a double to right field for JU, while freshman Daniel Gulbransen followed with a single to push him to third. Perozo reached a fielding error to load the bases, but T.J. Thompson threw out Connelly at home on fielder’s choice hit and Kelly got a double play to keep the UNF lead in tack.

Sophomore Jimmy Howick led off the Dolphins’ seventh inning with a single to left field before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by Connelly. Gulbransen walked in the next at-bat. Kelly quashed another JU threat with a strike out to Perozo and ground out by junior Jamaal Hawkins to end the inning.

The Ospreys got a home run from Smith in the eighth over the left field fence, while Kelly pitched a scoreless ninth to secure the victory.

The Dolphins and Ospreys play the rubber game of the series at Dusty Rhodes Field tomorrow at Noon.