TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2006
Baseball holds off USF, 4-3
Feb. 14, 2006
TAMPA, Fla. - Junior RHP D.J. Ackley got his first win of the season while senior LHP Aaron Parvey and freshman RHP Tim Brown each put out a few fires in relief to lead the JU baseball team to a 4-3 win over USF, Tuesday afternoon at Red McEwen Field.
JU (5-1) scored two runs in the first and two runs in the second to end a four-game skid against the Bulls. USF (2-2) got two runs in the third and a run in the ninth but stranded 10 runners in the contest.
"This was a big win for us because we were able to pull out a one-run contest and not get run down," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "We got some solid defense and strong pitching late in the game."
Ackley (1-1) earned his first win after allowing two runs (none earned) on four hits while waking five and striking out seven in 5.2 innings of work. Parvey allowed only one run on two hits with two walks in 2.1 innings and Brown added an inning of shutout relief to earn his first career save. Senior Gordie Gronkowski went 2-for-3 with an RBI and junior Pete Clifford added a two-run single to lead the Dolphin offense. Junior Daniel Murphy also finished with multiple hits.
Davis Bilardello (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits while walking one and striking out five in six innings. Mike Consolmagno and Dexter Butler each finished with multiple hits to lead the Bulls.
JU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first after an RBI single through the left side by Gronkowski and a run scoring error by shortstop Gus Fernandez. With one out, Clifford walked and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Murphy. Gronkowski followed with a single to score Clifford and then moved to second on the throw attempt at the plate. In the next at-bat, junior Thomas LePage hit a ball to Fernandez at short and the ball trickled into center field to score Gronkowski.
The Dolphins made it 4-0 in the top of the second after a two-run single through the right side by Clifford. With one out, freshman Brad Simmons singled to left center and then moved to second on a single through the right side by Young. After junior Logan James moved both runners up with a groundout to first, Clifford followed with a bases-clearing single.
USF cut the lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the third after a two-run single to left by Kris Howell with two outs.
The Bulls threatened in the bottom of the fourth with a runner on first and third and two outs, but Ackley forced Ty Taborelli to groundout to second on a full count.
USF threatened once more in the bottom of the sixth with runners on first and second and no outs. On the next at-bat, Ackley induced Brandin Daniel to ground to James at second. James flipped to sophomore Matt Lopez at short and then threw to Murphy at third for the double play. With runners again on first and second, Parvey entered the game and forced Consolmagno to hit a high chopper to James at second to end the inning.
The Bulls put runners on first and second again in the bottom of the seventh with two outs, but Parvey forced Nick Cardieri into a fielder's choice at second base on a full count.
In the bottom of the ninth, Consolmagno squeaked out an infield single to short to lead off the inning and Taborelli walked to put runners on first and second with no outs. In the next at-bat, Brown entered the contest and induced Brian Baisley into a double-play to Lopez at short, allowing Consolmagno to move to third. Howell followed with a high chopper to second to end the game.
The Dolphins and Bulls continue their three-game series against USF at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Alexander Brest Field.