TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014
Dolphins Come Up Short in Tight Game at Charleston
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - Jacksonville dropped another tightly contested one run game on Tuesday as the College of Charleston took a 4-3 victory over the Dolphins at Patriot’s Park.
“As tough as it is we have to put this behind us and get ready to get back on the road against a very good Lipscomb team to start conference play this weekend,” said Head Coach Tim Montez. “Fundamentals hurt us against tonight. I have no complaint with the way our guys compete, but you just can’t keep shooting yourself in the same foot.”
Jacksonville (4-10) took an early 2-0 lead after scoring once in each of the first two innings. Sophomore Dylan Dillard (Kissimmee, Fla.) put the Dolphins on the board in the first. Dillard’s two out single brought home Angelo Amendolare (Edgewater, Fla.) who lead off the contest with a double to left. In the second, Scott Schaub (Ocala, Fla.) lead off with a single and eventually came around to score on a RBI ground out by Alex Seifert (Lakeland, Fla.).
Charleston (13-3) cut in half in the fourth as Brandon Murray lead off with a home run to right. The Cougars then took the lead in the fifth scoring twice with two outs. The key hit came on a single that kicked off the third base bag by Blake Butler. After a throwing error on a pickoff attempt advanced Butler to third a base hit to right brought him home and gave Charleston the 3-2 lead.
Schaub helped the Dolphins rally back in the 7th. The senior third baseman, who had another two hits tonight to keep his average at .500 this season, led off the inning with a double to center. He later came around to score on a fielder’s choice by Garret Ruckel (Jacksonville, Fla.) to even the score.
With one out and two on in the eighth, the Dolphins got the ground ball they need for a inning ending double play. The Cougars beat out the throw to first however setting up the game winning situation. With runners on first and second with two outs a double steal attempt resulted in a run down and allowed the go ahead run to score from third.
Nathan Disch (Appleton, Wis.), who started the eighth inning, took the loss for Jacksonville.
Along with Schaub, Amendolare and Dillard each had two hits for the Dolphins.
“Baseball is a funny game that can change on a dime,” added Montez. “Somebody leadership wise needs to step up and say enough is enough. It’s time we learn from our mistakes and quit making the same ones because it has cost us a lot of ball games over the past couple of weeks.”
The start of Atlantic Sun play is up next for the Dolphins which open a three game set at Lipscomb on Friday night.