TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 08, 2005
Baseball Gets Offensive in 13-3 Win Over Florida A&M
Feb. 8, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore first baseman Thomas LePage (Jacksonville/Englewood) and sophomore third baseman Daniel Murphy (Jacksonville/Englewood) each went 3-for-6 from the plate to contribute for 18 Dolphin hits as JU baseball defeated Florida A&M, 13-3, Tuesday evening at Alexander Brest Field. Junior RHP Neal Frontz (Jacksonville/Trinity/Florida JC) earned the win in his Dolphin debut after striking out five batters in 2.2 hitless innings of relief. JU (1-0) won its season opener for the fourth consecutive year, while FAMU falls to 0-6.
Senior RHP Brett Nagy (Jacksonville/Bolles/FCCJ) completed his first start of the 2005 season by allowing three run on six hits while striking out four in 4.1 innings. Senior LHP Patrick Gleason (Merrit Island, Fla.) and senior RHP Hunter Davis (Wakulla, Fla.) combined for 2.0 innings of perfect relief and four strikeouts.
Nick Snyder (0-1) was tagged with the loss for the Rattlers after allowing six runs (four earned) on eight hits in 3.1 innings of work. JU jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after scoring a run in the first and two runs in the third inning.
Florida A&M cut the deficit to 5-3 after Allen DeCambra hit an RBI triple in the third and Stanley Gnat (sacrifice fly) and Virgil Priestly (single) each drove in runs in the fifth.
The Dolphins blew the game open in the bottom of the fifth after scoring four runs on three hits while taking advantage of dropped ball in left field by Gnat. With the bases loaded and no outs, sophomore center fielder Doug Fowler (High Point, N.C.) hit a sacrifice fly down the right field line and freshman shortstop Matt Lopez (Oviedo, Fla.) later scored on a wild pitch by Ruben Guerroro. Senior second baseman Sean McHugh (Port Orange, Fla.) followed with an RBI single to left field before sophomore left fielder Pete Clifford (Jacksonville/Providence) ended the scoring with a sacrifice fly to center.
JU added two more runs in the sixth and another run in the eighth to end the scoring in the contest.
The Dolphins return to action tomorrow as they complete a home-and-home series with Florida A&M on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 4 p.m. in Tallahassee.