SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2006
Baseball gets back to winning ways with 10-1 victory Bethune-Cookman
Feb. 12, 2006
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Jacksonville University baseball team scored 10 runs on nine hits, while senior pitcher Kyle DeVries hurled six shutout innings to defeat Bethune-Cookman College, 10-1, Saturday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
"It was good to bounce back and get the victory on the road today," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "I thought Kyle did a great job for us on the mound and we got some timely hits out of our offense. The most important game of this series will be tomorrow."
JU (3-1) scored all 10 runs in the first six innings to increase its 10-run output to three-of-four games to start the season. The Wildcats (2-3) scored their lone run on a one-out bases loaded single in the ninth inning,
DeVries (2-0) earned the win after scattering three hits with three strikeouts in six innings. Freshman pitcher Garrett Dunlap earned his first collegiate save after allowing only one run in three innings of work. Junior Thomas LePage finished 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI, while senior Gordie Gronkowski went 2-for-3 with an RBI to round out the Dolphins with multiple hits.
Raphel Ryes (0-1) was tagged with the loss after surrendering five runs on five hits in 1.1 innings of work. The Wildcats pitching staff combined to allow 12 walks in the game.
In the first inning, the Dolphins sent nine batters to plate and scored three runs on two hits with two outs. Junior Daniel Murphy and Gronkowski both drew consecutive two-out walks. LePage followed with a single off Ryes, to plate Murphy and advance Gronkowski to third. After a walk to fill the bases, sophomore Matt Lopez drove Gronkowski and LePage home with a single to cap the three-run first inning.
In the second inning, the Dolphins pushed the lead to 5-0 when Gronkowski drove in junior Logan James on a one-out single and LePage followed with a double down the left field to plate Murphy.
In the fourth inning, JU made it 6-0 when junior Pete Clifford smashed a 3-1 offering from reliever Concepcion Guzman over the right-center field wall for his first home run of the season.
In the top of the fifth, the Dolphins made it 8-0 when freshman catcher Brad Simmons and junior outfielder Justin Young drew back-to-back walks. James moved Simmons and Young over with a sacrifice bunt. On the first pitch to Pete Clifford, Wildcats reliever Kenneth Barnes uncorked a ball in the dirt allowing Simmons to score and Young to move to third. After Clifford walked, Murphy brought home Young on an RBI groundout.
In the sixth inning, Young drove in two runs on a single to left center field to complete the Dolphins 10-run offensive onslaught.
The Dolphins wrap up their three-game series with Bethune-Cookman tomorrow at Alexander Brest Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.