SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2005
Baseball Pounds Georgia State, 14-3
March 19, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior Jon Galui (Palm Beach, Fla.) finished 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and four RBI, while junior Gordie Gronkowski (Buffalo, N.Y.) and sophomore Pete Clifford (Jacksonville/Providence) each finished with a home run and three RBI to lead JU baseball to a 14-3 win over Georgia State, Saturday evening at Alexander Brest Field. Gronkowski finished with three hits and Clifford added two hits on the evening. Sophomore Doug Fowler (High Point, N.C.) also finished with three hits in the contest. JU (13-10, 3-5 Atlantic Sun) pounded out 14 runs on 17 hits, while Georgia State (13-7, 6-2) lost only its second game in conference play.
Junior RHP Neal Frontz (Jacksonville/Trinity Christian/Florida College) earned the win (4-1) after allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits while walking one and striking out three in 5.0 innings. Freshman RHP Brock Schnabel (Winter Haven, Fla.) closed out the game by allowing only one run on two hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in 4.0 innings of relief.
Ben Rulon (3-1) suffered his first loss after allowing six runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out one in 3.0 innings of work. JU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second inning after an RBI double down the right-field line by Galui and an RBI groundout by sophomore Justin Young (Oviedo, Fla.).
The Panthers cut the lead to 2-1 in the third when Eric Suttle drove in a run with a double to left center.
The Dolphins blew the game open with four runs on five hits in the bottom of the third, highlighted by a three-run homer to left by Galui. JU added five runs on three hits in the fourth when Clifford hit a three-run homer to right and Gronkowski hit a two-run shot to left center.
Georgia State would add single runs in the fifth and seventh, while JU put up a run in the fifth, the seventh and the eighth to end the scoring in the contest.
JU and Georgia State will conclude its three-game series at Alexander Brest Field on Sunday at 1 p.m.