SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2006
Baseball powers past USF, 11-6, for fourth-straight win
Feb. 18, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior Justin Young went 2-for-3 with four RBI, including one of the Dolphins' four home runs in the contest, while freshman RHP Tim Brown notched his first career win to lead the JU baseball team to an 11-6 win over South Florida, Saturday afternoon at Alexander Brest Field.
JU (6-1), which increased its winning streak to four, got a pair of three-run homers from juniors Justin Young and Mike McCallister and a solo shot from freshman Brad Simmons and senior Gordie Gronkowski to give the Dolphins their first series win over the Bulls since 2001. USF (2-3) scored two runs in the second, third and fourth innings but ace Casey Hudspeth was roughed up by the Dolphin offense.
"This was a strange day because we were expecting a pitching duel between Hudspeth and Kyle DeVries, but it turned into a slugfest," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "I'm really pleased with our offense because we adjusted and found another way to win a ball game."
Brown (1-0), who logged his first career save in Tuesday's game, earned the win after allowing no runs and only three hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 4.2 innings of relief. Junior Logan James went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Young went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI to lead the Dolphins.
Hudspeth (1-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing 10 runs on eight hits with seven walks and only one strikeout. In his first outing of the year, he was named national player of the week after striking out 10 batters in five shutout innings in a win over Northwestern. Kris Howell and Nick Cardieri each finished with multiple hits to lead the Bulls.
JU jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second after a three-run home run to left field by Young. After walks to junior Thomas LePage and freshman Matt Lopez, Young followed with a high drive over the left-field wall on a 3-2 count with two outs.
The Bulls cut the deficit to 3-2 in the top of the third after an RBI groundout to first by Jim Cassidy and a run scoring wild pitch.
The Dolphins made it 6-2 in the bottom of the third after a three-run homer to left field by McCallister. Junior Pete Clifford led of the inning with a walk and then advanced to second on a single through the left side by Gronkowski. With two outs, McCallister hit a towering drive over the left field wall for his team-leading third home run of the season.
USF cut it to 6-4 in the top of the fourth after a pair of bases-loaded RBI walks by Addison Marusziak and Mike Consolmagno.
JU made it 7-4 in the bottom of the fourth when Simmons led off the inning with hit his first home run, a solo shot, over the center field wall.
The Bulls cut the margin to 7-6 in the top of the fifth when Brian Baisley scored on a wild pitch and Nick Cardieri drove in a run with an RBI to left. With runners on second and third with one out, Brown struck out Brandin Daniel and Marusziak looking to end the inning.
The Dolphins increased the lead to 10-6 in the bottom of the fifth after an RBI bases-loaded walk to Young and a two-run single up the middle by James. Gronkowski led off the inning with a single to left field and then moved to second on an infield single to short by Lopez. With two out, Simmons walked to load the bases and Young drove in a run with a walk. After Nick Manganaro entered the game to pitch, James followed with single up the middle to drive in two runs.
JU increased the lead to 11-6 in the bottom of the sixth after lead-off home run to left-center field by Gronkowski.
The Dolphins and Bulls conclude their three-game series at noon on Sunday at Alexander Brest Field.