TUESDAY, MAY 05, 2009
Baseball falls to No. 6 Florida State, 5-2
After a 90-minute lightning delay, the Dolphins got off to slow start and were never able to recover as the JU baseball team fell to No. 6 Florida State, Tuesday evening at Dick Howser Stadium.
JU (30-16) split the season series with FSU (34-12) despite having the bases loaded with two outs in the ninth.
“We are capable of beating a team like this but we didn’t make a play when we needed to,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “When you hit into four double plays and make mistake pitches, you aren’t going to win many games against someone the caliber of Florida State.”
Sophomore Matt Loosen (3-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six innings.
Hunter Scantling (3-0) got the win after allowing two runs on seven hits with a walk and two strikeouts in six innings.
Senior right fielder Thomas Myers led the Dolphins by going 2-for-4 with two doubles. Sophomore center fielder Chris Connelly and freshman designated hitter Kevin Lehane also finished with multiple hits.
Tommy Oravetz led the Seminoles by going 3-for-4 with two home runs and two RBI.
The Seminoles took a 1-0 lead in the first when Jason Stidham hit an RBI double to right center with two outs.
FSU made it 2-0 in the second when Oravetz led off the inning with a solo home run to right field.
The Noles threatened in the third with runners on first and second with one out but Loosen got Stidham to fly out to left and Stuart Tapley to ground out to second to end the inning.
FSU had runners on first and third in the fourth with two outs but Omar Danesh was thrown out at the plate when Rafael Lopez was caught drifting off of first base.
The Seminoles threatened in the fifth with runners on first and second with one out but Loosen got Tapley to fly out to center to end the inning.
FSU increased the margin to 3-0 in the sixth when Oravetz led off the inning with a solo home run to right for his second of the contest.
The Dolphins cut the deficit to 3-2 in the seventh when senior catcher Jeremy Gillan hit a solo homer and junior first baseman Alex Martinez drove in a run with a ground out. Gillan led off the inning with a lined shot just over the wall in the left-field corner to run his home run streak to three games.
Senior right fielder Thomas Myers hit a double to right center and then advanced to third on a wild pitch by Scantling. In the next at-bat Martinez poked a grounder to second to plate Myers.
The Noles answered right back to make it 5-2 in the seventh when Stephen Cardullo hit an RBI double down the left-field line and later scored before a run down at first base ended the inning.
The Dolphins will return home to complete its non-conference schedule this week as JU hosts Bethune-Cookman at 6:30 p.m. The contest can be followed live through GameTracker on JUDolphins.com.