TUESDAY, MARCH 01, 2005
Baseball Scores Eight in the Seventh to Defeat Western Michigan, 15-7
March 1, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior Sean McHugh (Port Orange, Fla.) finished 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI while sophomore Pete Clifford (Jacksonville/Providence) extended his hitting streak to 12 games to lead JU baseball to a 15-7 win over Western Michigan, Tuesday evening at Alexander Brest Field. JU (8-4) snapped a three-game slide while WMU (1-3) dropped its third straight contest.
With the game tied at 7-7, McHugh led off the seventh with a solo home run to left-center field to set the tone for an eight-run inning. Freshman Matt Davis (Fernandina Beach, Fla.) earned the win (1-1) after hurling 2.0 innings of hitless relief. Senior Ashley Roque (Jacksonville/Bolles/Maryland-Baltimore College) increased his hitless and scoreless relief to 7.1 innings after throwing 2.0 innings with four strikeouts to end the game. Clifford finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI while junior Gordie Gronkowski (Buffalo, N.Y.) collected two hits, including his first home run of the season.
Kurt Van Dyken (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing eight runs (seven earned) on six hits while walking three with a strikeout in 1.0 innings.
JU jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning after McHugh scored on a double play and Gronkowski hit a two-run homer to right center.
The Broncos answered back with four runs on three hits in the top of the second inning.
Western Michigan held a 7-6 advantage in the top of the third when Adam Rosales hit an RBI double to right center, Mark Abro hit and RBI single and Kyle Maunus scored on a passed ball.
JU evened the contest in the bottom of the third when Justin Young (Oviedo, Fla.) scored from first on a fielding error by Maunus at first base.
The Dolphins will begin Atlantic Sun Conference play this weekend with a three-game set at Belmont on March 4-6.