SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2014
Balanced Dolphins Even Series With Kennesaw State
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Six of the nine starters had a RBI for Jacksonville as a balanced lineup led the Dolphins to a 10-5 win over Kennesaw State to even up a weekend series on Saturday night at Sessions Stadium. Game three of the series is scheduled for Sunday at 1:00 pm and can be heard on 92.5 FM.
After Kennesaw State (13-17; 2-6 A-Sun) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, Jacksonville (7-17; 2-6 A-Sun) answered back with six runs in the bottom of the inning to give starter Josh Baker a 6-1 lead.
“When we score first he (Baker) keeps his tempo up and fills the zone,” said junior shortstop Angelo Amendolare, who has reached base now in 23 straight games. “It gives us more bounce in our step on defense as well which keeps him locked in and ready to go.”
Amendolare, who went 3-for-4, doubled off the Courtyard by Marriott sign during the six-run outburst for one of his two RBI in the game. Leadoff man Parker Perez (Winter Springs, Fla.) added a two-run single in the inning as well for one of his three hits in a 3-for-5 night in which he also scored a pair of runs. Parker now has seven RBI in his last five games.
The Owls cut the lead in half with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth, but as they did earlier in the game the Dolphins were there to answer back in the in the bottom of the inning. Jacksonville broke the game open with a 10-3 lead after scoring four runs on three hits with RBI coming from Amendolare, Michael Babb (Jacksonville, Fla.), Nate Ricci (Madison, Wis) and Scott Schaub (Ocala, Fla.).
“I’m a firm believer that hitting is contagious, once it starts it keeps going no matter where you are in the lineup,” said Amendolare of the Dolphins 10th game this year with at least 10 hits. “I feel like I’m seeing the ball well and my team is behind me. We’re just out there trying to make stuff happen. We’ve had a rough start and gone thru a lot of adversity so far so it feels good to start answering back right now.”
Bo Way added a two-run opposite field home run in the eighth to account for the final margin. The Owls would then load the bases later in the inning off the Dolphins bullpen before Adam Maxon (Ovideo, Fla.) closed out the inning. Maxon then capped off a scoreless ninth by inducing the team 21st double play of the season on a pop up to second to end the ball game.
Baker improves to 2-1 on the season with the win in which the Sussex, Wis. product totaled seven innings allowing five runs on eight hits with four strikeouts. Maxon picked up his fourth save in his 99th career appearance in a Dolphins uniform.
Freshmen Seth Dewitt (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.) and Jordan Mullis (Jacksonville, Fla.) each had one hit and scored a pair of runs for Jacksonville.
Jordan Hillyer (2-2) was tagged with the loss for Kennesaw State lasting 1.2 innings.