TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2006
Baseball makes it six in a row with 5-2 win over Georgia Southern
Feb. 21, 2006
STATESBORO, Ga. - Junior RHP D.J. Ackley won his second game and senior LHP Aaron Parvey earned his first career save to lead the JU baseball team to a 5-2 win over Georgia Southern, Tuesday afternoon at J.I. Clements Stadium.
JU (8-1) won its sixth consecutive game after breaking the game open with three runs in the top of the fourth. After winning a season series against South Florida last week, the Dolphins earn their first season sweep against the Eagles since 1999. Georgia Southern (4-5) could only manage a pair of runs in the first and sixth inning.
"Ackley and Parvey did a great job for us and we took advantage of their mistakes," said JU head coach Terry Alexander, who earned career win No. 498. "Things are rolling for us right now and we just want to keep the momentum going."
Ackley (2-1) earned the win after allowing two runs on five hits while walking two and striking out four in six innings. Parvey earned the save after hurling three innings of scoreless relief. Juniors Logan James and Thomas LePage each finished with multiple hits, while junior Mike McCallister hit a solo home run.
The Eagles jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first after a sacrifice fly to center field by Griffin Benedict.
The Dolphins evened the contest at 1-1 in the top of the second when McCallister hit a 3-2 pitch over the left-field wall with two outs. For McCallister, it was his team-leading fourth home run of the season.
JU made it 4-1 in the top of the fourth when LePage hit an RBI single through the left side, senior Gordie Gronkowski scored from second on a error and sophomore Matt Lopez drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to center field. Junior Daniel Murphy led off the inning with a walk and then moved to second after Gronkowski was hit by a pitch. In the next at-bat, LePage poked a ball toward third baseman Chris Shehan. Murphy ran in front of Shehan heading to third, shielding him from the ball as it rolled into left field through his legs. With runners on first and second, McCallister hit a ball to Jeremy Beckham at short. Beckham scooped the ball cleanly on the run but his throw bounced in front of Greg Dowling at first, allowing Gronkowski to score from second. With runners on second and third, Lopez followed with a high fly to center to drive in LePage from third.
The Dolphins added another run in the top of the fifth when Clifford hit an RBI double down the right field line. James led off the inning with a single up the middle on a 3-2 count and then stole second. After moving to third on a wild pitch by Eagle reliever A.J. Battisto, Clifford hit a ball past Dowling at first.
The Eagles made it 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth when Will Southwell drove in a run with a groundout to short. Dowling led off the inning with a single up the middle and then moved to third on a double to left-center by Benedict. Southwell followed with a slow grounder to Lopez to score Dowling from third. With runners on first and third, Ackley struck out pinch hitter Jeremiah Parker looking on a 2-2 count to end the inning.
GSU threatened in the top of the eighth with runners on first and second with one out but Parvey struck out Richardson looking and then got pinch hitter Justin Klinger to hit a grounder to LePage at third for the force out.
The Dolphins return to Alexander Brest Field this weekend against Maryland. The first game of the series will be on Friday at 4 p.m.