TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2009
Mistakes prove costly in 7-4 loss to No. 11 Florida
After holding a 2-0 lead in the second, two Dolphin errors fueled five unearned runs as the JU baseball team fell to No. 11 Florida, 7-4, Tuesday evening at McKethan Stadium.
JU (33-18), which fell to 2-3 against ranked opponents on the year, saw UF (36-17) scored five unanswered runs to take a 7-2 lead in the fifth and hold on for the win.
“There were a few situations where we needed to make a play and we didn’t,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “If we make a play or two, it’s a close ballgame. Florida is too good of a team to make mistakes with and they made us pay for them tonight.”
Senior Garrett Dunlap (1-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs (two earned) on seven hits with a walk and a strikeout in 4.2 innings. Junior Glenn Witkowski and sophomore Matt Tomshaw combined for 3.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Alex Panteliodis (5-5) earned the win after allowing two runs on three hits with six strikeouts in four innings of a predetermined start. Billy Bullock notched his 11th save after hurling a perfect ninth.
Senior left fielder Kyle Fleming led the Dolphins by going 2-for-4 with a double. Senior catcher Jeremy Gillan tallied a double in the first to extend his career-best hitting streak to 18 games.
Matt den Dekker led the Gators by going 3-for-4 with two doubles. Mike Mooney led the squad with a game-high three RBI.
The Dolphins took a 2-0 lead in the second when sophomore center fielder Chris Connelly hit a two-run homer. Junior first baseman Alex Martinez led off the inning with a single up the middle. In the next at-bat, Connelly hit the first pitch over the left-field wall for his sixth homer of the season.
The Gators evened the contest, 2-2, in the bottom of the second when a run scored on a throwing error at third and Teddy Foster drove in a run with a grounder to second. UF still threatened with a runner on third and one out but Dunlap got Hampton Tignor to ground out to third and Mooney to ground out to short to end the inning.
UF took a 5-2 lead in the fourth when Mooney hit a three-run homer to left with two outs. The inning was extended due to a fielding error by the Dolphins prior to Mooney coming to the plate.
The Gators made it 7-2 in the fifth when Josh Adams hit a solo homer to right and Brandon McArthur hit an RBI single down the left-field line, both with two outs.
The Dolphins cut the margin to 7-3 in the sixth when Martinez drove in a run with a grounder to short. Fleming led off the inning with double down the third-base line and then advanced to third on a grounder to short by Gillan. After senior right fielder Thomas Myers drew a walk, Martinez hit a soft grounder to short to score Fleming.
JU made it 7-4 in the eighth when Myers hit an RBI triple with two outs. With two outs and a runner on first, Myers crushed a 2-1 pitch over the head of a diving den Dekker in center to plate a run.
The Dolphins will return to John Sessions Stadium for the final homestand of the 2009 season with a three-game set against Dallas Baptist, beginning on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The game can be followed live on ASun.TV by logging onto JUDolphins.com.