TUESDAY, MAY 06, 2014
Jacksonville Downed at Florida A&M
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - For the second time this season Jacksonville was never able to get into a rhythm at Moore-Kittles Field as the Dolphins dropped a 6-5 decision at Florida A&M on Tuesday night.
Jacksonville (15-28) was snake bit by 10 walks in the game including four in the seventh inning which pushed across the deciding run for Florida A&M (22-24).
Senior Garret Ruckel (Jacksonville, Fla.) went 2-for-4 with a two RBI in the game, including a run scoring double in the fourth that staked the Dolphins to a 4-0 lead. The lead would be short lived however as the Rattlers loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom half of the inning. Florida A&M took advantage of a hit batter and two more walks scoring three times in the frame on two hits.
“We were trying to get one more inning out of Gordy (Zach Gordon) there in the fourth. He hung in there and did a good job, but just ran out of gas,” said Head Coach Tim Montez. “He threw 27 pitches on Sunday and came back today on one days rest. He did exactly what I was hoping he’d do for us. The bottom line is we gave away a lot of opportunities and made some mistakes that we have to be able to clean up if we expect to extend our season.”
After the Rattlers tied the game in fifth, Ruckel delivered his second RBI of the game in the sixth. Ruckel’s two out single to center scored Braddock Rowe (Jacksonville, Fla.) from second and gave JU a 5-4 lead. That would be it for the Dolphins offensively however as JU went hitless over the last three innings managing just one base runner.
A lead off walk in the bottom half of the sixth eventually led to a run for Florida A&M to tie the game up and setting the stage for the go-ahead run in the seventh.
Scott Schaub (Ocala, Fla.) stayed hot for the Dolphins going 2-for-3 and raising his average to .430. Freshman Alex Seifert (Lakeland, Fla.) added a two-out RBI single that gave the Dolphins a 1-0 lead in the top of the second.
“We have to band together now,” added Montez. “We don’t have much pitching for tomorrow, but it is important for us to get out and score some runs so we can have a positive game heading into the weekend. Everything is still out in front for us, we have not clinched anything yet.
Jacksonville is back in action against Florida A&M again tomorrow at home in John Sessions Stadium. The Dolphins will then travel to USC Upstate for a three-game A-Sun series starting on Friday.