Baseball pummels Florida A&M, 18-1, in season opener

Feb. 1, 2006

Box Score

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Dolphins finished with 18 runs and 18 hits, while the pitching staff allowed only one run on five hits to lead the JU baseball team to a lopsided, 18-1, win over Florida A&M Wednesday afternoon at Moore-Kittles Field.

JU (1-0) scored four runs in the first, three in the second and third and two runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Florida A&M (0-1) was led by Peter Guastella, who finished 2-for-4 in the contest.

Senior Kyle DeVries (1-0) earned the win after allowing only one run on two hits with two walks and a strikeout in four innings of a pre-determined start. Junior Thomas LePage led the Dolphin offense with after going 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI. Senior Gordie Gronkowski finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI, while junior Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and four RBI.

Blair Mercer was tagged with the loss after allowing 10 runs (seven earned) on eight hits while walking two and striking out two in two innings.

JU jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first inning after a two-run double by Murphy, an RBI groundout by Gronkowski and an RBI double by sophomore Matt Lopez. Junior Logan James led off with a walk and then stole second base. Junior Pete Clifford struck out swinging on full count but advanced to first on a wild pitch by Blair Mercer. After Clifford stole second, Murphy cleared the bases with a double down the third-base line. After Murphy stole third, Gronkowski drove him home with a grounder to short. LePage double to left center and then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt to third by junior Justin Young. After LePage advanced to third on a passed ball, Lopez hit an RBI double to left-center field.

The Dolphins added three more runs in the bottom of the second after a two-run double by LePage and an RBI single by Young. With one out, James reached on a fielding error by second baseman Corey McFadden. With two outs, Murphy walked and Gronkowski was hit by a pitch to load the bases. LePage followed with a double down the third-base line to drive in two runs. Young followed with a single to right to drive in Gronkowski but LePage was caught at the plate to end the inning.

Florida A&M made it 7-1 in the top of the third after a sacrifice fly to right field by David James. James drove in Anthony Mazzeo after opening the inning with a double to right center.

JU answered with three runs in the top of the third to make it 10-1 after a two-run single by sophomore John Tiner and an RBI groundout by Murphy. After Lopez walked and freshman Brad Simmons hit a double to right center, Tiner followed with a single to left to clear the bases. With one out, Clifford reached on a two-base error to first before Tiner scored from third on a groundout to first by Murphy.

The Dolphins made it 12-1 in the top of the fourth after Simmons scored on a wild pitch by Stephen Register and James drove in a run with a single to right field. With two outs, Simmons walked and Tiner followed with a bunt base hit to third. With runners on second and third, Simmons scored on wild pitch and James drove in Tiner with a single to right field.

JU added two more runs in the top of the fifth after a leadoff home run to right field by Murphy and an RBI groundout by LePage. After Murphy's homer, Gronkowski pummeled a ball in the left-field corner and then advanced to third on a wild pitch by Register.

The Dolphins made it 17-1 in the top of the seventh after an RBI single to left by LePage, an RBI fielder's choice by Young and an RBI single to right by Lopez. JU added another run in the top of the eighth after an RBI single to left by Gronkowski.

The Dolphins open the 2006 home season at Alexander Brest Field on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 4 p.m.