FRIDAY, MARCH 06, 2009
Baseball falls to UNF, 4-2, to open SunTrust River City Rumble
Senior Dan Maier
Senior Dan Maier
A costly mistake proved to be the difference on the scoreboard but the Dolphin offense could not find the timely hit as the JU baseball team fell to UNF, 4-2, Friday evening to open the SunTrust River City Rumble at John Sessions Stadium.

JU (4-5, 0-1) held a 1-0 lead through three innings but a costly fielding error led to two unearned runs for UNF (5-6, 1-0) in the fourth.

The Dolphins evened the score with a run in the sixth but the Ospreys took the lead for good with a run in the seventh and an insurance run in the ninth.

“It’s unfortunate to loss a ballgame this way but UNF found a way to win,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “They took advantage of our mistakes but we have to find a way to score more runs. Right now, we have to regroup and put our focus towards tomorrow.”

Junior Carson Andrew (2-1) was tagged with the loss despite allowing only three runs (one earned) on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 6.1 innings. Senior Billy Schlee hurled 1.2 innings of shutout relief.

Tucker Pryor (1-1) earned the win after allowing only one hit in 3.1 innings of shutout relief. Phil Rorabaugh got the no-decision after allowing two runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

Senior left fielder Kyle Fleming and senior right fielder Thomas Myers each finished with a double and drove in a run for JU.

Sam Perry went 2-for-3 with a double and Preston Hale finished 2-for-4 to lead the Ospreys.

The Dolphins jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second when Fleming hit an RBI double. With two outs, Myers hit the first pitch of the at-bat over the head of Robbie Collier in right field. In the next at-bat, Fleming hit a 3-2 pitch down the left-field line to drive in the game’s first run.

The Ospreys took a 2-1 in the fourth when two runs scored on a costly fielding error in the outfield with two outs. With runners on first and third, Perry hit a high fly to right which came out off the glove at the warning track to allow two runs to score.

JU evened the contest, 2-2, in the sixth when Myers hit a sacrifice fly to right. Senior catcher Jeremy Gillan led off the inning with a single to right and then moved to second when freshman first baseman Kevin Lehane laced a single to left. After Gillan advance to third on a deep fly to center by senior designated hitter Brad Simmons, Myers hit a high fly to right to score Gillan.

JU and UNF will continue the SunTrust River City Rumble at Johns Sessions Stadium on Saturday at 1 p.m. The contest can be seen live on ASun.TV.