SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2006
Baseball sweeps South Florida with 8-4 win
Feb. 19, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior Mike McCallister went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI and sophomore LHP Matt Dobbins notched his second win to lead the JU baseball team to an 8-4 win to sweep South Florida, Sunday afternoon at Alexander Brest Field.
JU (7-1), which increased its winning streak to five, exploded for four runs in the bottom of the sixth to secure the win. USF (2-4) managed four runs on six hits as the Dolphins eventually got to Bulls starter Daniel Thomas.
"This is a great start for us and I'm really excited about how we're accomplishing this as a team," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "With every game we've won, there has been a different guy who has stepped up for us on that particular day."
Dobbins (2-0) earned the win after allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts in seven innings of work. Junior Pete Clifford finished 3-for-4 with two runs and junior Logan James went 2-for-5 with a triple to round out the Dolphins with multiple hits. Junior Thomas LePage also drove in two runs in the contest.
Thomas (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs (five earned) on eight hits with four walks and five strikeouts in five innings. Brian Baisley went 2-for-4 with a double to lead the Bulls offensively.
JU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when LePage drove in a run with an RBI fielder's choice and junior Daniel Murphy scored on a failed pickoff attempt at first base. With one out, Clifford singled to center and then moved to second after a walk to Murphy. In the next at-bat, senior Gordie Gronkowski was hit by a pitch to load the bases before LePage grounded a ball to short for the force out at second. With McCallister at bat, Thomas attempted to pick off LePage at first but the ball was dropped by first baseman Baisley to allow Murphy to score from third.
The Dolphins increased the lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth after an RBI single to center by junior Justin Young. McCallister led off the inning with a single to left and then advanced to second on a wild pitch by Thomas. With two outs, Young laced a single to center to score McCallister from second.
USF cut the deficit to 3-2 in the top of the fifth when Mike Consolmagno hit an RBI groundout to second and Jim Cassidy knocked an RBI single up the middle.
JU increased the lead to 7-2 in the bottom of the fifth after an RBI single to short by LePage and a three-run double to left-center by McCallister. James led off the inning with a single to center and then moved to second after a walk to Clifford. Murphy followed with a single to left, but James was gunned down at the plate by Cassidy, allowing Clifford and Murphy to move to second and third. Gronkowski followed with a high-towering infield hit to third base to load the bases before LePage hit a ground ball off the second base bag to move the runners up a base. In the next at-bat, McCallister hit a scorching drive in the left-center gap to clear the bases.
The Dolphins made it 8-2 in the bottom of the sixth when James scored from third on a wild pitch by Bulls reliever James Rowe, after leading off the inning with a triple.
USF cut the margin to 8-3 in the top of the seventh after a sacrifice fly to center by pinch hitter Brad Karns. The Bulls added another run in the top of the ninth when Joey Angelberger scored from third on a throwing error by James. With runners on second and third with one out, pinch hitter Gus Fernandez lined out to James at second. James attempted to double off the runner at second but his throw went into left field to allow Angelberger to score.
The Dolphins will travel to Georgia Southern on Tuesday to face the Eagles at 4 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for March 21 but was moved up to adhere to a scheduling conflict.